Hajj Flights Operation - Year 2023

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Pre-Hajj flights operation expected from May 20 to June 21.

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PIA Hajj flights operation starting from May 21.

Pre-Hajj flights operation from May 21 to June 22.
Post-Hajj flights operation from July 2 to August 2.

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Pre-Hajj flights starting:

From Islamabad on May 21.
From Karachi on May 21.
From Lahore on May 21.
From Peshawar on May 21.
From Sialkot on May 22.
From Multan on May 23.
From Quetta on May 24.
From Rahim Yar Khan on June 6.
From Sukkur on June 7.

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Today, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Interior Minister Dr. Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al-Dawood arrived at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Nur Khan, Chaklala, Rawalpindi, on Alpha Star Airbus A320 (aircraft registration HZ-A3) VIP flight from Riyadh to sign "Makkah Route" facility agreement with Pakistan for Hajj 2023.

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Under "Makkah Route" initiative, Pakistani intending Hajj pilgrims' Saudi customs and immigration process will be completed at selected Pakistani airport(s).

In Hajj 2022, 'Makkah Route' facility was available at Islamabad Airport.

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to extend "Makkah Route" facility currently available at Islamabad Airport to airports of Karachi and Lahore next year.

Under "Makkah Route" initiative, Pakistani intending Hajj pilgrims' Saudi customs and immigration gets completed at selected Pakistani airport.

"Makkah Route" facility was introduced at Islamabad Airport for the first time for Hajj 2019 flights.

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airblue to operate Hajj flights to Jeddah and Medina from Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Multan.

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Pre-Hajj flights operation started on May 21.

Karachi

PIA Boeing 777-300ER aircraft registration AP-BMS Karachi to Medina flight PK773 carried 316 Hajj pilgrims.

Arrival in Medina.

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Lahore

Serene Air Airbus A330-200 aircraft registration AP-BNF Lahore to Medina flight ER2921 carried 279 Hajj pilgrims.

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Faisalabad

PIA Airbus A320 aircraft registration AP-BLC Faisalabad to Karachi flight PK1341 carried 149 Hajj pilgrims for their onward journey to Saudi Arabia via Karachi.

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Following airlines taking part in Hajj Flight Operation - Year 2023.

PIA
Saudia
airblue
Serene Air

81,230 pilgrims to be flown from Pakistani airports:

26,222 pilgrims from Islamabad with "Makkah Route" facility
17,630 pilgrims from Karachi
17,629 pilgrims from Lahore
6,582 pilgrims from Multan
4,484 pilgrims from Sialkot
4,050 pilgrims from Quetta
3,251 pilgrims from Faisalabad
468 pilgrims from Rahim Yar Khan
914 pilgrims from Sukkur

PIA to transport 40,700 pilgrims
Saudia to transport 36,000 pilgrims
Serene Air to transport 2,280 pilgrims
airblue to transport 2,250 pilgrims

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Islamabad

PIA Boeing 777-300ER aircraft registration AP-BHV Islamabad to Medina flight PK743 carried 387 Hajj pilgrims.

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Makkah Route facility for Hajj pilgrims traveling from Islamabad Airport.

Departure from Islamabad

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Arrival in Medina

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Multan

On May 23, PIA Boeing 777-200ER aircraft registration AP-BGK Multan to Medina flight PK715 carried 326 Hajj pilgrims.

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Today, airblue Airbus A320 aircraft registration AP-EDG Multan to Medina flight PA876 carried Hajj pilgrims.

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Re: Hajj Flights Operation - Year 2023

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A rare busy day at KHI for PIA today;
Btw, LHE must be a mess these days due to hajj operations.
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Upgraded Runway 13L/31R of Quetta International Airport enables PIA to operate non-stop pre-Hajj flight from Quetta to Medina. Earlier flights were operated via Karachi.

June 2, Quetta to Medina non-stop pre-Hajj flight PK6133 performed by PIA Airbus A320 aircraft registration AP-BLW.

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Quetta Airport Runways:

Runway 13L/31R
Runway 13R/31L

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On July 2, Hajis start arriving in Pakistan aboard regular and special post-Hajj flights from Jeddah/Medina. Post-Hajj flights operation will continue till August 2.

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Islamabad

PIA Boeing 777-300ER aircraft registration AP-BHV arrived in Islamabad at 3:10 PM as flight PK762 from Jeddah with 392 Hajis.

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Karachi

PIA Boeing 777-300ER aircraft registration AP-BMS arrived in Karachi at 4:07 PM as flight PK832 from Jeddah with 363 Hajis.

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Lahore

PIA Boeing 777-200ER aircraft registration AP-BGJ arrived in Lahore at 3:30 PM as flight PK760 from Jeddah with 329 Hajis.

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Peshawar

PIA Boeing 777-200ER aircraft registration AP-BMH arrived in Peshawar at 6:52 PM as flight PK740 from Jeddah with 308 Hajis.

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Faisalabad

PIA Airbus A320 aircraft registration AP-BLB arrived in Faisalabad at 7:36 PM as flight PK1340 from Karachi with Hajj pilgrims with 113 Hajis.

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At Karachi airport:
Governor Sindh Kamran Tessori was present to congratulate the hajis
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PIA Completes Post-Hajj Flights Operation

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) concluded its Hajj operation on August 2, 2023, successfully transporting 61,461 Hujaj from Saudi Arabia back to Pakistan.

PIA operated a total of 258 post-Hajj flights, with 136 flights originating from Jeddah and 122 flights from Medina. Remarkably, the airline maintained an impressive 96 percent punctuality and regularity during the entire operation.

To facilitate the returning Hujaj, PIA had made special arrangements, including easy city check-in services to provide convenience and save time for the pilgrims. The airlineโ€™s efforts were widely appreciated by the travelers, who found the arrangements to be efficient and helpful.

PIAโ€™s pre-Hajj operation, which involved transporting intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, began on May 21 and concluded on June 22. The post-Hajj operation, focusing on bringing back Hujjaj from Saudi Arabia, commenced on July 2 and concluded on August 2.

Source: PIA Press Release
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