PIA announces Hajj 2023 fares

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KARACHI, Mar 04 (DNA): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has
announced fares for the 2023 Hajj pilgrimage.

According to the notification, the national flag carrier — Pakistan
International Airline (PIA) — will begin pre-Hajj operations from June 6
till May 21.

For the first time in history, the national flag carrier will charge
fares in US dollars from private Hajj pilgrims. The PIA has set $1180
fare for private Hajj pilgrims.

The airfares for the pilgrims from 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 travelling through the executive economy class would be allowed
to carry 40kg baggage and seven-kilogramme hands carry luggage.
Moreover, passengers travelling through the economy class would be
allowed to carry 35kg baggage and seven-kilogramme hands carry luggage.

Earlier, it emerged that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and
Interfaith Harmony has decided to allocate a 25 per cent 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.