KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) successfully transported more than 82,000 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through special 290 hajj-flights during Pre Hajj operation.
CEO PIA, Air Marshal Arshad Malik congratulated PIA Hajj team members for successful completion of Pre Hajj operation. He instructed PIA officials to provide best services to the returning Hujjaj.
PIA carried more than 82,000 intending pilgrims through 290 Hajj and Regular scheduled flights. The operation was carried out from eight cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad.
Convenient connections were also provided from Sukkur and Rahim Yar Khan making it to ten points in total. The flight punctuality remained around 90 percent with on time departures from Pakistan. PIA conducted the Pre Hajj operation utilizing its own aircraft without leasing any aircraft which certainly saved significantly the airline expenses. The recently but timely overhauled two aircraft are being proved to be of great support in Hajj operation.
PIA carried 20,766 intending pilgrims from Karachi, 16,095 from Islamabad, 15,272 from Lahore, 4,707 from Multan, 1,889 from Faisalabad, 4,607 from Sialkot, 10,609 from Peshawar and 8,324 intending pilgrims from Quetta.
PIA Post Hajj operation of bringing back the Hujjaj from Saudi Arabia will commence from 17th August and conclude on 14th September 2019.