The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will commence this year’s Hajj operations by taking first batch of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from July 4.
PIA will be carrying more pilgrims this year as Saudi Authorities increased the Hajj quota for Pakistan from 184,210 to 200,000 in February. The National Carrier will operate more than 350 special flights to Jeddah and Medina. A total of 78,000 pilgrims will travel this year with 50,000 availing the Government Hajj package and the rest being accommodated by private operators.
The operation will continue till August 5th and return of the Pilgrims will start from August 17th with last flight leaving Saudi Arabia on 14th September 2019.
Pilgrims, travelling under the government’s scheme, are being charged Rs110, 000 from Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa while Rs100, 000 from Karachi and Quetta. Two Boeing 777 and as many Airbus A320 aircraft will be used for the whole operation.
The plan has been sent to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, which has already begun the process of collecting airfare from the pilgrims.
The national airline is facilitating over 25,000 pilgrims more than last year after Saudi Arabia increased the Hajj quota for Pakistan from 184,210 to 200,000 in February this year.