Karachi: Pakistan International Airline’s Pre-Hajj Operation 2014 commenced on Thursday.
The intending pilgrims were seen off by Secretary Aviation and Chairman PIA, Muhammad Ali Gardezi at Lahore whereas the intending pilgrims from Karachi were seen off by Managing Director PIA, Shahnawaz Rehman and Director Airport Services, Aijaz Mazhar.
The first Pre- Hajj flight PK 2001 took off from Jinnah International Airport Karachi for Jeddah at 07:00 hours carrying 300 intending pilgrims. While the first Pre-Hajj flight from Lahore PK 2201 took off at 08:00 hours from Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore carrying 315 intending hajjis.
On the first day of Pre-hajj operation the National Flag Carrier carried 1,004 intending hajjis to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; one flight from Karachi and two flights from Lahore. Managing Director PIA, Shahnawaz Rehman while talking to intending pilgrims said that
Special Hajj information desks have been set up at the airports for the convenience of pilgrims and PIA scouts deputed for assisting the pilgrims. Leaflets containing information regarding baggage allowance, excess baggage, change of booking and related information have been distributed to Hajj camps, PIA ticketing offices and the airline’s travel agents for the pilgrims.
PIA is conducting Hajj operation with its own fleet consisting of Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 aircraft. The airline is operating hajj flights from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sialkot.
Meanwhile, Managing Director PIA, Shahnawaz Rehman has instructed all concerned departments to provide best services to the pilgrims.
The first Pre-Hajj flights from Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar regions PK 2203, PK 2601 and PK 2501 respectively will commence from 29th August 2014.
This year, PIA will be carrying around 54,000 intending hajj pilgrims to Holy Land. Out of which 43,000 Hujjaj will be carried by 112 Hajj flights and 11,000 through schedule flights from all over Pakistan.