From May 31 to August 13, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will begin Haj flights from eight major Pakistani cities to Saudi Arabian destinations such as Jeddah and Madina.
Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique was briefed on PIA operations, including tourism promotion.
The airline’s management briefed the aviation minister on Monday, according to PIA spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez Khan.
According to him, the briefing covered Haj operations, tourism promotion, new destination flights, and a fleet expansion strategy. The minister was informed of the airline’s Haj service, which will begin on May 31.
He stated that PIA will operate Haj flights to Jeddah and Medina from eight major cities: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan, Peshawar, and Quetta. Until August 13, PIA will operate 297 Haj flights.
For this purpose, the aviation minister ordered the purchase of one Boeing 777 and one Airbus 320 from log storage.
In order to improve PIA’s operations, the minister instructed officials to make grounded aircraft operational. He talked about the possibility of expanding flights to Nafaj and Damascus.
The minister was briefed on the Pakistan International Airlines’ successful flight operation to Baku and plans to increase flight frequencies to the Azerbaijani capital as well as domestic destinations, including 18 flights per week to Skardu, 24 weekly flights to Gilgit, and two weekly flights to Chitral from Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore.