PIA kicks off Hajj flight operation from Karachi

PIA spokesperson says airline’s chief operating officer saw off first Hajj flight that left for Madina at 3:30am

The Hajj pilgrims are lined up and being checked out by the security officials at Jinnah International Airport, as the first Hajj flight of PIA took off from Karachi airport to Madina-Saudi Arabia, in Karachi on June 08, 2022. —PPI 
  • First PIA flight will land at the Madina airport. 
  • PIA operates Hajj flights from multiple airports.
  • PIA’s Hajj operation will last till June 10.

KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) commenced its Hajj flight operation from Karachi on Saturday. 

According to the PIA spokesperson, the national flag-carrier’s chief operating officer bade farewell to the first Hajj flight that left for Madina from Karachi at 3:30am.

The spokesperson said the airline was operating flights for the pilgrims from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and other airports, adding that the Hajj operation would last till June 10.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs on May 3 announced that Pakistan would operate 11 special flights to transport 2,160 Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia on the first day of the scheduled operation including 670 passengers from Lahore via three flights, 330 from Karachi via two flights, 680 from Islamabad via three flights, 329 from Multan via two flights, 151 from Sialkot via a single flight.

The ministry spokesperson had stated that the month-long Hajj 2024 flight operation would commence from May 9 to June 9.

All flights scheduled for the first 15 days would land at the Madina airport, while most flights will land at the Jeddah airport from May 24 to June 9, the spokesperson had said.

Subsequently, the ministry had announced that the first Hajj flight from Balochistan would take off from Quetta on May 11, and from Sukkur on May 27.

“Pakistan will operate a total of 259 Hajj special flights for over 68,000 pilgrims registered with the government scheme,” the ministry had said, adding that the special operation would conclude on June 9.

Later, the country would resume its flight operation on June 20 to bring pilgrims home after the conclusion of the sacred pilgrimage, it concluded.

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