The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has devised a plan for implementation of the ‘Road to Makkah’ project in Hajj 2019.
CAA has chalked out a feasibility report for the departure of Hajj pilgrims and the facilities provided to them. The authority has gathered the data of 150 officers and staff to assist the Hajj pilgrims at Jinnah International Airport Karachi.
Moreover, CAA has earmarked a Rs. 5 million budget for the airport’s beautification, trolleys, sanitary work, and other expenditures. The chief operating officer of the said airport has sent the plan to relevant authorities for approval.
According to the CAA spokesperson, Islamabad airport was included in the ‘Road to Makkah’ project in the first phase. In the second phase, Jinnah International Airport Karachi has been included in the project.
Now, the pilgrims will be able to complete the immigration process in Karachi instead of Saudi Arabia.
Federal Minister for Privatization and Aviation Mohammed Mian Soomro announced recently that the ‘Road to Makkah’ project will take effect from 2019 and that Pakistani pilgrims will be facilitated under the project this year.
He explained that under the project, all immigration requirements will be completed at the airport of origin. The pilgrims will no longer have to wait in queues in Saudi Arabia for the immigration process.