The Hajj flight operation has started on Saturday as Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flights carrying the Hajj pilgrims from the city of lights—Karachi and the federal capital—Islamabad has landed in Medina.
The flight PK-7001 of Pakistan International Airlines, with three hundred pilgrims, departed for Medina at around 2:25 am from Jinnah International Airport—Karachi and landed safely in Medina at around 6:25 am PST.
The second Hajj flight of the national carrier from Islamabad, flight PK-327 with pilgrims on board has also reached Medina.
Hajj flights are also scheduled to depart from Peshawar, Sukkur and Lahore today.
The first Hajj flight from Multan is set to leave on the 15th of July and the first Hajj flight from Faisalabad would be departing on the 17th of same month.
As per a spokesperson of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, the flight operations under the government Hajj scheme would continue from today that is the 14th of July until the 15th of August while the return flight operations of the pilgrims would start from the 28th of August.
A total of one thousand five hundred and fifty pilgrims would be departing from the major cities of Pakistan on the first and second day of the flight operations, the spokesperson informed.
He added that the intending pilgrims under the government Hajj scheme could check their flight schedule on the official website of the ministry.
Pilgrims have been instructed to reach the Hajj training camp two days before their departure, adding that the vaccination process of the Hajj pilgrims has already started.
Passports, identification lockets and tickets would be provided to the pilgrims at their respective Hajj camps, as informed by the spokesperson.