LAHORE - PIA management has reduced Umrah fare from Rs. 75,000 to Rs 62,000 only to facilitate its valued passengers, said an officer of PIA on Thursday. He said that though PIA started its Umrah fare after completion of Haj from Rs 46,000 as return ticket but after that with the passage of time when pilgrims thronged to PIA office it had been increased upto Rs 75,000. Now it has been reduced again since load of the pilgrims has also been reduced, he added. Pilgrims in good numbers have reached Saudi Arabia and holy cities of Makkah and Madina, a travel agent said seeking anonymity. PIA has conducted Umrah operation smoothly this year, since there was new management and new government as well. Credit goes to present MD and Chairman PIA who has facilitated its officers concerned about the successful Umrah operation.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 28-Feb-2014 here.