KARACHI – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Thursday announced that it would start three weekly non-stop flights from Pakistan to Najaf, Iraq.

“We are proud to be the only airline from Pakistan flying directly/non-stop to the holy city of Najaf. 3 weekly flights are starting from September 14 from Karachi with convenient connections to and from all over Pakistan,” read a PIA statement.

PIA will initially operate three flights a week from Karachi to Najaf providing connections from major cities of Pakistan with convenient timings. The tickets are available for sale effective from Wednesday August 23, 2017.

PIA will provide through check-in for passengers traveling from major cities of Pakistan. Passengers will now be able to travel from their respective cities without the hassle of long waits and will get their luggage at their final destination.

The soft launch of the flight was held at PIA Head Office on the finalization of flight operations.

Chief Executive Officer PIA Nayyar Hayat while sharing his views on the commencement of flights to Najaf said that it is yet another first in the long list of achievements.

He said that the concept is to provide convenient, seamless connection – through check-in from the major cities of Pakistan for Najaf flights from Karachi of course on competitive fares. Passengers who used to travel through other means with long wait for connections will now be able to fly PIA with through check-in facility, he added.