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.


KSRelief to implement education project in war-hit Syria region

Updated 22 July 2018
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KSRelief to implement education project in war-hit Syria region

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) is working on implementing an educational project in a number of areas across Syria. 

KSrelief has visited schools in northern Syria that were massively damaged due to the country’s ongoing war. 

The humanitarian organization said it has assessed the damage to renovate 20 schools and is preparing to restore and equip them with child-friendly furniture. 

The project will provide a hundred thousands of children in relatively 320 schools with school kits containing the necessary supplies.

The will also develop the capacity of 525 teachers through training courses and awareness campaigns. 

These efforts come within the framework of the continuous support provided by the KSrelief for brothers in Syria.