KARACHI - PIAs first Pre-Hajji flight PK 1205 from Karachi left for Saudi Arabia after mid-night on October 22 with 466 pilgrims on board, marking the start of Hajj operation from Karachi. Director Human Resources and Administration PIA, Haneef Pathan, General Manger Passenger Handling Services PIA, Aijaz Mazhar, General Manager Hajj, Charters and Group Tours, Ali Gul Kalhoro, senior officials of the airline and ASF bade farewell to intending Hajj pilgrims. PIAs pre-Hajj operation which started from October 21 will continue till November 21 while post Hajj flights would start from December 2 and conclude on January 1, 2010. This year PIA will ferry over 126,000 Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 291 Hajj flights from Karachi, (including Faisalabad, Rahim Yar Khan and Sukkur), Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Sialkot, added as a new station for direct flights to Jeddah. The pre-Hajj operation entails a total of 65 flights from Karachi to carry 30,817 pilgrims and 72 flights from Lahore transporting 33,696 intending pilgrims. Similarly, PIA will be carrying 29,484 pilgrims form Islamabad on 63 flights, 17,508 pilgrims on 52 flights from Peshawar, 11,119 pilgrims from Quetta on 31 Hajj flights and 3744 pilgrims from Sialkot on 08 flights. Pilgrims from Faisalabad, Rahimyar Khan and Sukkur are being transported by PIA to Karachi for onward travel to holy land. For the convenience of the pilgrims, PIA has made special arrangement to provide complimentary suitcases before departure at Haji Camps through Ministry of Religious Affairs.