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PIA Reduces Umrah Ticket Prices for Pakistani Pilgrims

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has recently announced a significant reduction in ticket prices for Umrah pilgrims traveling from various major Pakistani cities. The move, aimed at alleviating financial burdens for pilgrims, is expected to encourage greater participation and boost revenue for the airline.

This decision comes in the wake of the delayed announcement of the Hajj Policy for 2024, which is being revised to lower overall package costs and offer a more flexible 20 to 25-day Hajj package, accommodating a wider range of pilgrims.

While unofficial reports had suggested a potential increase in the cost of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, the government plans to maintain the Sponsorship scheme, eliminating the need for balloting and ensuring greater accessibility for pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia has reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing facilities and services for Pakistani pilgrims during Hajj 2024. However, discussions about reducing the number of Pakistani Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) have sparked uncertainty, with ongoing negotiations yet to yield a definitive outcome.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s ‘Road to Makkah’ project, part of the Guests of God Service Program, has been implemented at Lahore and Karachi airports, with potential expansion to Peshawar and Quetta. This initiative is designed to streamline the journey of Hajj pilgrims, offering enhanced services and support in their home countries before embarking on their sacred journey to Makkah and Madina.

The efforts by PIA and the government of Pakistan reflect a commitment to prioritize the needs of pilgrims, ensuring a more accessible and convenient pilgrimage experience for all.

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