KARACHI: The first PIA flight carrying over 300 pilgrims under the government Hajj scheme departed for Saudi Arabia early this morning.
The Jeddah-bound flight PK-7001 took off from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. Officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Auqaf, airport staff and family members of pilgrims saw them off at the airport.
The national flag carrier will operate 200 flights to Jeddah and Madinah transporting over 55,000 pilgrims to fulfill the religious obligation.
The flight operation will continue till August 15. This year, 179,210 Pakistanis would be able to perform Hajj.This includes 119,473 under government Hajj scheme, while 59,737 would perform through private operators.