The Hajj flight operation commenced as Pakistan International Airlines flights carrying pilgrims landed in Medina on Saturday.
The flight was from Karachi to Islamabad.
PIA’s first Hajj flight, PK-7001 carrying 300 pilgrims departed around 2:25am from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi and landed in Medina at around 6:25 am PST.
The second Hajj flight of PIA from Islamabad with 327 pilgrims on board also reached Medina.
More hajj flights are also scheduled to depart from Peshawar, Lahore and Sukkur today.
The first Hajj flight from Multan is set to depart on July 15 and from Faisalabad the hajj flight will depart on July 17.
According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, the Hajj flight operations under the government Hajj scheme will continue from July 14 till August 15. However, the flight operations for the return of pilgrims will begin from August 28.
Spokesperson further said a total 1,550 hajj pilgrims will depart from major cities of Pakistan on the first and second day of the operation.
“The intending pilgrims under the government scheme can check their flight schedule on the official website of the ministry,” the spokesperson added.
Hajj pilgrims have been instructed to reach the Hajj training camp two days before their departure. Spokesperson also informed that their vaccination has already begun.
Passports, tickets and identification lockets would be provided to hajj pilgrims at their respective Hajj camps.