The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given approval to renewal of license of Shaheen Airline in the public interest.

A CAA spokesman said the initiative has been taken to enable the airline to bring back the Hujjaj from Saudi Arabia.

A day earlier, 350 pilgrims were stranded at Madina airport as CAA refused to extend the airline's regular public transport licence.

The CAA in a statement on Friday asked the airline to instead arrange flights of alternative airlines for the return of pilgrims.

The aviation authority said the public transport licence  which is renewed every three months expired on August 30. "There is no aircraft available on the airline's inventory," it added.

CAA also said that the airline has outstanding dues of Rs1.4 billion and legal action is being taken against it.

Further, the authority advised passengers to remain cautious in their dealings with the airline.

Earlier, the license of Shaheen airline had been cancelled due to non-renewal of its license.