LAHORE - PIA has so far operated 25 Post-Haj flights bringing back more than 12,000 pilgrims from Jeddah to Pakistan through Haj flights and regular scheduled flights, said spokesman for the airline on Sunday.

He said that PIA had operated 5 flights from Jeddah to Karachi carrying 1,600 Hajjis, 9 flights to Lahore carrying 4,000 Hajjis, 5 flights to Islamabad carrying 2,150 Hajjis, 3 flights to Peshawar carrying 1,100 Hajjis and 3 flights to Quetta bringing back 1,100 Hajjis, respectively.

Despite the congestion at Jeddah Haj 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 haj flights are departing on time.

PIA officials and scouts deputed at Jeddah Haj terminal are providing assistance to hajjis 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.    

Meanwhile, Chairman PIA Ali Gardezi has directed PIA officials to provide best services to returning pilgrims, he concluded.