Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday increased student discounts from 10 percent to 15 percent and an additional 7 percent discount on surcharges making a total discount of around 22 percent on the flights between Pakistan and China.

The national flag carrier has also increased baggage allowance up to 80 kilograms for the students, an official of the airline told APP here on Wednesday.

At present, PIA is operating two weekly flights on Islamabad-Chengdu-Islamabad and Islamabad-Xian-Beijing-Islamabad routes. The students who are returning to China or intend to their homeland after completion of their education could take benefit from the discount.

A large number of Pakistani students enrolled in Chinese universities and stranded in Pakistan following Covid-19 travel restrictions have started arriving in China to join offline classes.

On June 20, a special PIA flight brought the first batch of Pakistani students from Islamabad to Xian, China. These students were stuck in the motherland because of Covid-19.

It is worth mentioning here that PIA had resumed its passenger flights between Pakistan and China section after a gap of nearly six months as the airports in Xian and Beijing closed for international flights in wake of Covid-19 prevention and control measures.

Talking to APP, Ali Imran, a Pakistani researcher, said that the discount would greatly facilitate Pakistani students traveling on various routes between Pakistan and China.