Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has started the preparations for special Hajj flights, as per the news of local media on Sunday.
PIA would be operating Boeing 777 and Airbus A320 aeroplanes during the phase-wise operations for facilitating 65,000 pilgrims in 300 scheduled and special flights.
The flights would be operational from the major cities which include Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta, Sukkur, Karachi and Islamabad.
The national flag carrier has set Rs1lac fares per person for flights from the province of Sindh and Baluchistan and Rs1lac10thousand from the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
On the 12th of March, the Minister for Religious Affairs—Noorul Haq Qadri had made the announcement of the names of 112,526 successful Hajj applicants who would be performing the Hajj under the government scheme this year.
The minister said that as many as 112,526 people would perform Hajj under the government scheme while 71,684 people would go for Hajj under the private scheme. 184,210 total people would perform Hajj from Pakistan this year.
He informed that the balloting was performed on 90,924 applications whereas the rest of applicants were chosen on special criteria of age and unsuccessful applications since the past 3 years.
As many as 216,542 applicants had applied for the Hajj under the government scheme which is comparatively less in price as compared to the private group operators.
The administration of PIA has released tenders for attaining A-320 and 737 aircraft on wet lease for 6 months to facilitate uninterrupted operations for the facilitation of Hajj pilgrims.
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