The first Hajj flight departed from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore for Medina. The flight carried 214 pilgrims. The first Haj flight SV 719 left from New Islamabad International Airport on Thursday morning.
The customs and immigration process of the Hajj pilgrims will be done at the Islamabad Airport. It will be completed under the ‘Road to Makkah” project which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan. This project will save the pilgrims 10 to 12-hours at the Jeddah Airport.
At the Islamabad Airport, special help counters will be established to facilitate the pilgrims. Around 22,000 Haj pilgrims will be able to benefit from this initiative.
The ‘Road to Makkah’ project will enable custom checking and immigration of Pakistani Haj pilgrims within Pakistan. This will save them from trouble at Saudi Airports.
E-Visa is also being issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs for Haj Pilgrims under government Haj Scheme. Ten Haji camps were operational across Pakistan. Those Hajis will be given passports, tickets, lockets, and stickers before the Haj flight
As per the Religious Affairs Ministry spokesperson, the first Hajj flight from Karachi and Peshawar will leave on Friday and the first Hajj flight from Sukkar will depart on Saturday.