A Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane. — Radio Pakistan/File    

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced further reduction in air fares for local students travelling from Pakistan to China with immediate effect.

As per the details, the national flag carrier has increased the discount rate on its fares from the existing 22% to 27% for students wishing to travel to China.

Currently, PIA is operating two weekly flights on Islamabad-Beijing-Islamabad and Islamabad-Chengdu-Islamabad routes on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively.

Pakistani students and other passengers planning to travel to China to join their studies at Chinese educational institutions could benefit from the new fares.

A large number of Pakistani students enrolled in Chinese universities could not return to China following the COVID-19 travel restrictions. After the lifting of all travel restrictions, they are planning to come back to China to join off-line classes as the Chinese authorities have allowed them to return.

Talking to APP, Tehsin Ahmad, a Pakistani student, said that the decreased fare would greatly facilitate Pakistani students who want to come back and join their offline education.

He said a large number of students could now avail of the offer of discounted fares and return to their respective universities in China.

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