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Lahore Airport Fire Disrupts Flight Operations

Lahore Airport Fire Disrupts Flight Operations

The fire incident at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, Pakistan, sparked concerns about flight delays and disruptions, particularly affecting both Hajj and international travel operations. Fortunately, prompt response from rescue teams prevented any loss of life, although the incident resulted in damage to the immigration system due to a short circuit in the ceiling of the immigration counter.

Despite the partial damage to the immigration system, inbound international flights continued to arrive at Lahore airport, with operations temporarily shifted to the domestic lounge to accommodate affected passengers. However, the incident caused delays in both Hajj and international flights, necessitating adjustments in flight operations.

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In response to the situation, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that international flights would be managed from the domestic departure lounge, ensuring continuity in flight operations for both Hajj and international travel through domestic facilities. This proactive measure aimed to minimize disruptions and ensure the smooth operation of flights during the Hajj pilgrimage period.

Regarding Pakistan’s Hajj pilgrimage plans for 2024, the Ministry of Religious Affairs outlined the government’s strategy to facilitate the transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. The ministry announced the commencement of flight operations on May 9, with plans to operate 11 special flights transporting 2,160 pilgrims on the first day alone. The flight schedule includes departures from various cities across Pakistan, including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Multan, and Sialkot, reflecting the nationwide scope of the Hajj pilgrimage program.

Overall, while the fire incident at Allama Iqbal International Airport caused disruptions and delays, swift action by authorities ensured the safety of passengers and the continuity of flight operations, particularly during the critical Hajj pilgrimage period.