Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume pre-Hajj operations flights from Jinnah International Airport Karachi on June 8.
According to a PIA spokeswoman, PIA aircraft PK-743 would depart Karachi on Wednesday carrying 743 pilgrims for Madina. For pre-Hajj operations from Karachi, the national flag airline will deploy Boeing 777 aircraft, he said.
In this regard, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has finished all preparations for the Hajj 2022 operations at Jinnah airport.
Meanwhile, according to a CAA official, separate immigration counters have been set up for pilgrims at Karachi airport.
It’s worth noting that the first Hajj flight under the ‘Road to Makkah’ initiative took off from New Islamabad Airport in the early hours of Monday.
At 03:30 a.m., the first flight of the government-sponsored Hajj operation took off from Islamabad.
On the other hand, on Sunday night, a private airline flight carrying 220 intending pilgrims left Allama Iqbal International Airport for Madina. At the Lahore airport, Punjab Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman said the pilgrims farewell.
32,000 pilgrims will be taken to Saudi Arabia on 106 Hajj flights, according to a representative for the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
According to the spokeswoman, the Road to Makkah initiative will run 42 flights from Islamabad.
Hajj pilgrims are also alerted about the flights via the website and text messages sent to their cell phones.
All Hajj pilgrims are advised not to enter the premises of Riaz-ul-Jannah without first obtaining authorization from Saudi officials, according to the religious ministry.