islamabad - Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has so far operated 25 post-Hajj flights bringing back more than 12,000 pilgrims from Jeddah to Pakistan through Hajj and regular scheduled flights.

According to a statement released by PIA spokesman here on Sunday, PIA has operated 05 flights to Karachi carrying 1,600 pilgrims, 09 flights to Lahore carrying 4,000 pilgrims, 05 flights to Islamabad carrying 2,150 pilgrims, 03 flights to Peshawar carrying 1,100 pilgrims and 03 flights to Quetta bringing back 1,100 pilgrims respectively.

Despite the congestion at Jeddah Hajj terminal PIA is the only airline whose aircraft leave Jeddah within the shortest span of time as compared to other airlines and more than 80 per cent of PIA Hajj flights are departing on time.

The PIA officials and scouts deputed at Jeddah Hajj terminal are providing assistance to pilgrims such as filling of immigration forms and guidance at Jeddah Hajj terminal.

It is expected that the congestion at Jeddah Hajj terminal will subside in the coming days where more than 50 airlines are operating 100 Hajj flights a day.

Chairman PIA Muhammad Ali Gardezi and Managing Director PIA Shahnawaz Rehman have directed PIA officials to provide best services to returning pilgrims, the statement added.