KARACHI: PIA has so far operated 25 post-Hajj flights bringing back more than 12,000 Hajjis from Jeddah to Pakistan through Hajj flights and regular scheduled flights.
PIA Spokesman said here on Sunday that PIA has operated five flights to Karachi carrying 1,600 Hajjis, nine flights to Lahore carrying 4,000 Hajjis, five flights to Islamabad carrying 2,150 hajjis, three flights to Peshawar carrying 1,100 Hajjis and three flights to Quetta bringing back 1,100 Hajjis respectively.
Despite the congestion at Jeddah Hajj terminal, PIA is the only airline whose aircraft leave Jeddah within the shortest span of time as compared to other airlines and more than 80 percent of PIA hajj flights are departing on time.
PIA officials and Scouts deputed at Jeddah Hajj terminal are providing assistance to hajjis such as filling of immigration forms and guidance at Jeddah Hajj terminal. It is expected that the congestion at Jeddah Hajj terminal will subside in the coming days where more than 50 airlines are operating 100 hajj flights in a day .
Meanwhile, Chairman PIA, Muhammad Ali Gardezi and Managing Director PIA, Shahnawaz Rehman has directed PIA officials to provide best services to returning Hujjaj. PIA Spokesman concluded.