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PIA completes successful pre-hajj flight operations, says airline spokesperson

Final PIA flight operating as part of the pre-Hajj program departed from Karachi
Muslim pilgrims perform Umrah at the Holy Kaaba, as they start arriving to perform the annual Haj at the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Makkah. Reuters
Muslim pilgrims perform Umrah at the Holy Kaaba, as they start arriving to perform the annual Haj at the Grand Mosque, in the holy city of Makkah. Reuters

Pakistan International Airlines’ pre-Hajj travel operations had been completed successfully.

The spokesperson stated that the final PIA flight operating as part of the pre-Hajj program departed from Karachi and arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Monday night, Arab News reported.

Pakistan began its Hajj flight operations on May 9, transporting pilgrims who will perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj under the government’s official program.

Pakistan has been allocated a total Hajj quota of 179,210 pilgrims this year. Approximately 70,000 people are expected to perform the Hajj journey through the government’s scheme, while the remaining pilgrims will travel using private tour operator packages.

The Hajj pilgrimage period for this year is scheduled to take place from June 14 to June 19.

“A total of 35,030 pilgrims departed for the holy journey through 171 flights. About 19,500 official pilgrims, 14,900 private pilgrims and 630 pilgrims departed for Madinah and Jeddah through these flights,” PIA spokesperson said.

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The Hajj flights departed directly from several major Pakistani cities, including Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Sialkot, and Peshawar. Pilgrims from the cities of Sukkur and Quetta traveled to Jeddah by first flying to Karachi.

PIA will begin its post-Hajj flight operations starting on June 20, and these flights will continue running until July 21.

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