Karachi, October 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): PIA Pre-Hajj operation of transporting intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia concluded successfully with overall flights punctuality over 96 percent and seat factor of 99 percent. PIA Spokesman said here on Saturday.
PIA carried 82, 823 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 196 Pre-Hajj flights from Pakistan; and 1,989 intending pilgrims through 04 charter flights from Rangoon. While 9,207 intending pilgrims traveled through PIA regular scheduled flights; bringing the total to 94, 019 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
The airline carried 9,931 intending pilgrims from Karachi through 20 Pre-Hajj flights, 17,347 through 35 flights from Islamabad, 17,462 through 35 flights from Lahore, 14,292 from Peshawar through 44 Pre-Hajj flights. PIA carried 13,294 from Quetta by 41 Pre-Hajj flights, 6,999 from Multan by 14 flights and 3,498 intending pilgrims from Sialkot by 07 Pre-Hajj Flights.
On the satisfactory completion of Pre-Hajj flights, Managing Director PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus in a message to the employees has commended their efforts for serving the intending Hajj pilgrims to their best satisfaction and according to the expectations of PIA Management. He hoped that the PIA employees will continue the efforts in the same zeal in serving the Hajjis on their return journey from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan.
The airline’s Post Hajj flights will start reaching Pakistan from 31st October 2012.
For more information, contact:
S. Sultan Hasan
General Manager, Public Affairs
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
Tel: +9221 9904 0000
Fax: +9221 3457 2225, 3457 0419