PESHAWAR: A Boeing 777 of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) made its first Hajj flight carrying 323 pilgrims from Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIA) to Jeddah on Friday.
PK-2501 left for Jeddah from Peshawar at 8am. According to local officials, operations will continue till September 20 with 20 PIA flights—almost daily—from the provincial capital.
PIA spokesperson Muhammad Mashhood Tajwar told The Express Tribune two Boeing 777s have been dedicated for pilgrims from Peshawar and Quetta while two 747s will carry pilgrims from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.
“We will take at least 6,600 pilgrims from Peshawar in around 20 flights from BKIA,” said Tajwar, adding all necessary steps have been taken for smooth Hajj operations across the country.
Flynas has also taken 300 pilgrims to Jeddah while other airlines including Saudi Airlines and Shaheen Air are also operating from BKIA. A total of 47 flights will take 30,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2014.