MBS orders start of ‘Road to Makkah Project’ at Jinnah airport

The ‘Road to Makkah Project’ has already been launched successfully at the Islamabad Airport

By Our Correspondent
April 22, 2024
In this file photo, taken on May 29, 2023, a volunteer guides an elderly pilgrim arriving for Hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. — SPA

ISLAMABAD: After Islamabad, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) has ordered to start work immediately on ‘Road to Makkah Project’ at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.


In this connection, a two-member Saudi delegation carried out a detailed inspection of Jinnah International Airport on Sunday. According to sources of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Saudi Consul General was also with the visiting Saudi delegation.

According to concerned officials of the federal government, the immigration and other essential requirements of Haj pilgrims of Karachi and across Sindh will be accomplished at the Jinnah International Airport under ‘Road to Makkah Project’ and they will directly travel with their own transport from Jeddah and Madina airports to their residences without passing through the lengthy process of immigration on those airports.

The ‘Road to Makkah Project’ has already been launched successfully at the Islamabad Airport. Acting Jinnah International Airport manager briefed the Saudi delegation and invited them to visit the lounges of airport. The Saudi delegation met officials of Airport Security Force, FIA and Customs during its visit besides holding a meeting with the technical team for processing and fixing of other mechanism. A final shape of the immigration facilities for Haj pilgrims at the Karachi Airport will be given in a few days. The lounge and hall will be allocated at Jinnah International Airport where the necessary immigration staff with other officials will install a computer system on their counter. This way the Jinnah International Airport will become the second in Pakistan to launch the Road to Makkah Project.