ISLAMABAD - The pre-Haj operation will commence from Thursday and will continue till September 5.

A press release issued here stated that special arrangements for the Hujaj travelling from Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad (BBIAP) have been finalised with all relevant stakeholders for smooth execution of pre-Haj flights with proper facilities to all passengers.

Giving the details, a spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority Benazir Bhutto International Airport said that the pre-Haj operation will commence from August 4, 2016 with Flight No.PK 2503 departing at 0425hrs from Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad (BBIAP). The pre-Haj flights operation will continue till September 5, 2016.

Strict instructions are issued to the security agency for restricting number of greeters at the airport in order to avoid congestion during Haj operations. Only one visitor will be allowed with one passenger at the airport both at the time of departure and arrival of Hujaj, the statement added.

Special arrangements have been made for the Hujaj at the airport. Proper signage for easy guidance of pilgrims and designated officials on duty will ensure prompt assistance to Hujaj. The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) has provided prayer space, ablution area and booth for wearing Ahram for Hujaj, separately for men and women. Sanitary attendants will be available round-the-clock to keep the area of the pilgrims clean and presentable.

The spokesman further said that the PCAA team has been given proper staff briefing and orientation for providing timely assistance and special facilities to Hujaj. One Window Facilitation Desk will have representatives from each government department to provide quick and timely assistance to Hujaj.

The PCAA has also issued instructions to all the concerned airlines for timely communication to their passengers in case of delays in Pre-Haj flights to avoid inconvenience to the Hujaj. To complete all formalities, Hujaj are requested to reach at the airport at least 3 hours prior to their departure time.

Guidelines and formalities related to Haj, including informational video will be displayed at the airport for providing relevant information that will help in performing Hajj rituals. Medical facilities like ambulance, first aid, etc. along with paramedics and doctors will be available in case of any emergency situation. It is also emphasised that Hujaj ensure compliance to customs law pertaining to currency allowed to carry with them, prohibition with regards to narcotics, commercial goods other than personal usage goods, political or sectarian literature which is strictly prohibited.