Flight operation for Hajj 2023 commences
First flight carrying 316 pilgrims takes off from Karachi Airport followed by another from Lahore
May 21, 2023 10:57 AM
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Sunday launched its flight operation for the Hajj, 2023 from Karachi, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The first flight PK 773, carrying 316 pilgrims, left Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport for Medina at 4:50 AM in the morning.
Later, the first Hajj flight carrying 316 Pakistanis landed in Madinah Munawarah where Pakistani and Saudi officials welcomed them.
The pilgrims were shifted to their hotels via buses. They expressed satisfaction over the arrangements.
The flight operation for transporting 65,000 pilgrims to Makkah that began on May 21 will last until June 22 while the flights will bring Hajis back to Pakistan from July 2 to August 2.
Besides Karachi, the PIA will operate flights from Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Rahim Yar Khan and Quetta for which Boeing 777 and Airbus 320 will be used.
Similarly, SereneAir’s flight, with 279 passengers on board, left Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport for Saudi Arabia at 5:00 AM.
Special arrangements had been made at the airport for the purpose. The pilgrims were garlanded while a special ceremony was held at the airport. Adviser to Prime Minister on Religious Affairs Shabbir Ahmad Usmani was the chief guest on the occasion.
As many as 81, 230 people from Pakistan will perform Hajj this year.
PIA will transport 40, 700 while Saudia Airlines will take 36, 000, Airblue 2, 250 and SereneAir 2, 280 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year.
Reporter: Rana Faran Yameen