Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announces its schedule for its flight operations and fares for the Hajj pilgrimage.
According to the notification, the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) will begin pre-Hajj operations from 6th June till 21st May 2023.
For the first time in history, the national flag carrier will charge fares in US dollars from private Hajj pilgrims. The PIA has set an $1180 fare for private Hajj pilgrims.
The airfares for the pilgrims from the Southern region and Northern region are likely to remain in the range of $810 to $1,100 and $860 to $1,150 respectively, according to PIA.
Pilgrims traveling through the executive economy class would be allowed to carry 40kg baggage and seven-kilogram hands carry luggage. Moreover, passengers traveling through economy class would be allowed to carry 35kg of baggage and seven-kilogram hands carry luggage.
Earlier, it emerged that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has decided to allocate a 25 percent special quota in the Government Hajj Scheme for the pilgrims who will deposit dues in dollars.
The ministry also decided that the intending pilgrims, depositing dues in dollars, would be exempted from the balloting under the new Hajj policy, official sources said on Friday.
They said about 22,400 pilgrims would benefit from the ‘Sponsorship Scheme’ being introduced by the ministry in the wake of the current foreign exchange reserves in the country.