Aug 23

PIA announces Hajj flight operations 2013

Karachi : PIA Pre-Hajj Operation will commence from 9th September 2013. The entire Hajj operation will be conducted by PIA s own fleet without leasing any aircraft.

This was stated by Managing Director PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus while briefing Media persons at the airline s Head Office.pia hajj flight schudele 2013

Managing Director PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus said that the airline s Pre Hajj operation will commence from 9th September and conclude on[highlight] 9th October 2013 [/highlight]while the Post Hajj operation will start from 19th October and conclude on 18th November 2013.

He said that the entire Hajj operation will be conducted by PIA s own fleet without leasing any aircraft. This will be huge saving for the National Flag Carrier.

PIA will operate Hajj flights with dedicated [highlight]02 Boeing 747[/highlight],[highlight] 02 Boeing 777 [/highlight]aircraft with one aircraft each kept as standby.

Boeing 777 aircraft will mainly be operated from Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta whereas Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Sialkot will entirely be operated by Boeing 747 aircraft.

Boeing [highlight]747 [/highlight]aircraft has a seating capacity of 503 while Boeing[highlight] 777[/highlight] has a seating capacity of [highlight]329[/highlight].

MD PIA said that PIA will operate Hajj flights from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sialkot.

In all, PIA will transport more than [highlight]70,000[/highlight] intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through [highlight]160 Pre- Hajj [/highlight]flights. PIA will operate same number of flights for Post Hajj operation.

This year due ongoing construction of extending facilities at Khaana Kaaba the Saudi Government has reduced hajj quota by 20 percent.

On Pre-Hajj flights, the airline will transport 6,985 intending pilgrims from Karachi through 17 Pre Hajj flights (including more than 1,623 intending pilgrims from Sukkur via Karachi),[highlight] 6,944[/highlight] intending pilgrims from Lahore through 14 flights, 12,575 passengers through 25 flights from Islamabad,

[highlight]15,463[/highlight] through 47 flights from Peshawar, [highlight]10,199[/highlight] from Quetta through 31 flights, [highlight]6,170[/highlight] intending pilgrims through 12 flights from Multan.

3,590 intending pilgrims from Sialkot will be transported through 7 Pre-Hajj flights. 8,000 pilgrims will be transported through PIA regular scheduled flights to Saudi Arabia.

A special facilitation desk at Hajji camps for the convenience of pilgrims has been set up. The facilitation desk will provide guidance and support to intending pilgrims at Hajji camps.

This year intending pilgrims will reach airport directly which will save their time. PIA Passenger Handling Division officials and PIA scouts will be available at the airport for pilgrims assistance at the airports in Pakistan and Jeddah Hajj Terminal.

MD PIA said that Pilgrims are allowed to carry 5 litres of Zamzam (subject to conditions of Saudi government).   Flyers printed at the back of ticket jacket containing the policies of Free Baggage Allowance, Excess Baggage, Change of Bookings & Re- issuance of Ticket etc have been made.

Towards the end of the briefing, MD PIA said that all departments including Marketing, Engineering, Passenger Handling Services, Flight operations are fully geared up to make this Hajj operation a great success and to ensure maximum facilitation to pilgrims at all airports in Pakistan as well as at Jeddah.

The briefing was attended by Deputy Managing Director, Humayun Jamil, Director Marketing PIA Khurram Mushtaq, Director Corporate Planning and Chief Hajj Coordinator PIA, Shahnawaz Rehman, General Manager Passenger Handling Services, Amir Bashir and senior officials of the airline.

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Apr 19

Hajj expenses likely to increase up to Rs. 1,00,000

Islamabad: Federal ministry of religious affairs has approved suggestion increasing Hajj expenses from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 1,00,000.Hajj fares

Four airline companies which execute Hajj operations have also indicated to raise fare up to Rs. 1,000.

According to reports available to The, Pakistan’s largest Independent News Website, secretary of the religious affare Chauhdri Muhammad Azam Samman was briefed last night about the proposed draft.

The draft would be presented in the next meeting of cabinet for the final decision.

Officials of the department disclosed that for the first time three Hajj categories had been developed as compared to previous two categories.

New category has been given title “Blue Category” which will be only 900 meter away from the Masjid-ul-haram, the most sacred place for Muslims. Other categories include Green Category and White Category.

Blue category would cost about 3,30,000, Green Category Rs. 2,75,000 and White Category would cost Rs. 2,30,000.

Last year, Pakistan government charged Rs. 2,10,045 for Green Category means that an addition of Rs. 65,000 has been made in fare.

For White Category, the government charged Rs. 2,00,847 from pilgrims last year means Rs. 29,000 would be added to the expenses this year.

Sources added that the readable passport and national identity card would remain compulsory in the new Hajj policy and no Pilgrims would be allowed to repeat Hajj.

However exceptions to repeat Hajj would be allowed only for those who are going with relative women, as single female pilgrim is not allowed during Hajj, or going as a group leader for female pilgrims.