Shaheen Air resumes Hajj flights



KARACHI, Sept. 1 (TNS): After permission from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA Shaheen Air International resumed its Hajj flights from Saudi Arabia.

A plane on Saturday departed for Madina to bring back pilgrims stranded at airport for last 30 hours in the holy city.

Earlier, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) granted permission to Shaheen Air International to operate flights from Saudi Arabia as part of its Hajj operation.

A day earlier, 350 pilgrims were stranded at Madina airport as CAA refused to extend the airline’s regular public transport licence.

The CAA in a statement asked the airline to instead arrange flights of alternative airlines for the return of pilgrims.

The aviation authority said the public transport licence — which is renewed every three months — expired on August 30. “There is no aircraft available on the airline’s inventory,” it added.

CAA also said that the airline has outstanding dues of Rs1.4 billion and legal action is being taken against it.