The first pre-Hajj flight of Pakistan International Airline, PK-2503 carrying 328 pilgrims departed today, 4th August 2016 from Islamabad to Madina Munawara, Saudi Arabia.
All the passenger pilgrims were seen off by the Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf who congratulated the hajjis and ensured that all possible arrangements have been done for the provision of best facilities throughout their holy voyage.
What is more, first private Hajj flight carried 320 pilgrims also left for Saudi Arabia from Karachi Airport today.
According to reports, four international airlines i.e. Pakistan International Airline, Saudi Airline, Shaheen Air and Air Blue would take part in the Hajj operation.
Earlier, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) had released the schedule of Hajj 2016 flights. Kick starting from August 4, 2016, around 50, 000 pilgrims will travel to Saudi Arabia via Hajj operation consisting of 120 flights.
60 flights will be scheduled for Jeddah and the remaining half will leave for Medina.
The flight operation will continue till September 5, while pilgrims will start to return to Pakistan from September 17, 2016.
PIA would operate flights from ten cities of Pakistan: Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Sukkur, Multan and Rahim Yar Khan.
This year, around 143,368 Pakistanis will perform Hajj. Around 50% will travel to Saudi Arabia through government scheme and remaining through various private schemes.
The Hajj 2016 operation will be completed by October 16, 2016.
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