PIA to operate 169 Haj flights

Updated 09 September 2013
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PIA to operate 169 Haj flights

Around 143,000 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Haj this year. Of these, approximately 67,000 will fly on 169 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights, said Shahbaz Ahmed, PIA's country manager, at a press briefing Saturday.
The other 76,000 Pakistani pilgrims will be transported by Saudia and Shaheen Airlines.
He explained that the first PIA Haj flight will arrive on Monday morning from Islamabad. PIA Haj flights will all operate Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft.
Ahmed also explained that a 747 flight will be on standby for any technical problem occurring during Haj operations. The airline will also hire 220 staff members to serve pilgrims, of whom 40 to 50 will arrive on pre-Haj flights and 180 to 200 will come after Haj.
In addition, they will also deploy 250 loaders for post-Haj operations.
He said that PIA would operate up to 9 flights a day, of which six will fly pilgrims. The first Haj flight will arrive on Sept. 9 and the last on Oct. 9.
The first flight taking pilgrims back home will leave Jeddah on 14 Dhul Hijjah (Oct. 19). This year, PIA flights will arrive and return from Jeddah airport.
Ahmed also said that PIA would not allow more than 30 kg check-in baggage and 8 kg in hand carriage per pilgrim.
“Only 10 liters of Zamzam water will be allowed, which pilgrims will have to pack in a plastic bag and a box,” he emphasized.
Ahmed said he has no idea how PIA will follow the new rules under which there would not be any exit/re-entry paper for passengers, as the PIA system is not connected with Saudi passport control.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.