With the announcement of the commencement of operations to connect the two nations, Fly Jinnah has made flying between the UAE and Pakistan cheaper.
Fly Jinnah, a low-cost carrier, plans to initiate operations connecting the UAE and Pakistan with double daily direct flights between Islamabad and Sharjah starting February 17. This move provides additional options for Pakistani nationals in the UAE traveling to their home country.
The airline's website displayed a return airfare of Dh1,018 for a Sharjah to Islamabad round trip on February 17 and return on February 27, offering a cost advantage compared to some other carriers on the same route.
As a budget carrier, Fly Jinnah allows passengers to carry 10kg of hand baggage, with additional charges for extra baggage and meals. This entry into the market increases competition on the South Asian route, addressing the demand-supply gap that has led to relatively higher airfares, especially during peak seasons.
With around 1.7 million Pakistani nationals residing in the UAE, the second-largest community in the country, the introduction of Fly Jinnah is expected to cater to this demographic's travel needs. Currently, the airline operates flights to five domestic destinations, including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, and Quetta.
The airline's fleet expansion includes two new Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing the total to five. Notably, these aircraft are equipped with "SkyTime," a complimentary in-flight streaming service allowing passengers to access a diverse selection of entertainment directly on their devices.
This development adds to the existing direct flight options between the UAE and Pakistan, provided by airlines such as Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Airblue, Emirates, Air Arabia, and Etihad Airways. The increased competition is expected to contribute to more affordable air travel options on this popular route.