First 3 PIA hajj flights leave for Saudi Ara­bia

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan In­ter­na­tional Air­lines has com­menced its Hajj oper­a­tions from Karachi as the first flight car­ry­ing group of 150 in­tend­ing pil­grims has left from Karachi for the holy land in Sun­day's wee hours.

A to­tal of 790 in­tend­ing pil­grims will be flown from Jin­nah Ter­mi­nal, Karachi to­day. The first flight left Jin­nah Ter­mi­nal at 0430 hours tonight. More­over, two other pri­vate air­lines air­lifted other 320 in­tend­ing pil­grims at 0600 hours this morn­ing.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf saw off the in­tend­ing pil­grims at the air­port. Ear­lier, he talked to them, gar­landed and fe­lic­i­tated them over the blessed op­por­tu­nity they are get­ting.

He said full- fledged ar­range­ments have been taken up to make avail­able all fa­cil­i­ties for the in­tend­ing pil­grims, adding they have been vac­ci­nated prior to their de­par­ture to Saudi Arab and book­lets con­sist­ing of all the con­cerned help­ful di­rec­tives have been pro­vided to them.

More­over, their ac­com­mo­da­tions have been ar­ranged near Mad­ina Mu­nawwara, he high­lighted, adding the na­tional and all the pri­vate air­lines have been di­rected to pro­vide to the pil­grims all the fa­cil­i­ties. It should be men­tioned here that the hajj op­er­a­tion will con­tinue till Septem­ber 16.

Be­sides PIA, Sha­heen Air, Air Blue and Saudi Air­line have ar­ranged ad­di­tional flights to ac­com­mo­date the pil­grims.

Out of to­tal 145,180 in­tend­ing pil­grims, 28,799 will de­part for Saudi Ara­bia from Be­nazir Bhutto In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Is­lam­abad, 29,587 from La­hore, 37,010 from Karachi, 8,338 from Mul­tan, 2,346 from Sialkot, 2,874 from Faisal­abad, 665 from Rahim Yar Khan, 1,153 from Sukkur, 25,200 from Peshawar and 9,208 from Quetta.

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