The Pakistan International Airlines—PIA has made a revenue of Rs.7-8 billion out of the expected Rs.25 billion from the Hajj operations.
Nearly 250,000 people went for performing the holy pilgrimage of Hajj from Pakistan this year.
Of this, PIA flew more than 82,000 pilgrims which makes 20percent more than the number of last years, when 68,000 people had flown with the national airline, as per the spokesperson of PIA—Mashhood Tajwar.
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan divided the air traffic for their respective airlines during the Hajj season.
Other than this, PIA and Saudi Airlines are the significant players who facilitated nearly 100,000 Pakistani pilgrims. The remaining pilgrims are carried by Airblue, Emirates, Etihad and other airlines.
After the devaluation in rupee, the Hajj package managed by the government costs nearly Rs.400,000 while the privately undertaken holy journey has got no upper defined limit and could go up to Rs.3 million, as per a source in the aviation sector.
From the airports located in the northern areas, that is in Lahore and Islamabad, the ticket price ranges between Rs.110,00 to Rs.150,000 while the tickets from Karachi airport costs between Rs.100,000-Rs.105,000.
The government Hajj packages offered were for more than a month while the private Hajj packages were as small as one week or for fifteen days.
The time of Hajj is the peak time hence, airfares rise making the privately arranged pilgrimage costlier.