Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Friday kicked off special flight operation to Syria’s capital Damascus for citizens intending to observe Arbaeen. The first flight of PIA, PK-9501 departed for Damascus. Federal Minister for Aviation, GhulamSarwar, CEO PIA Arshad Malik and Syria’s envoy to Pakistan also boarded the flight. Boeing-777 with 300 passengers on board also took off for Damascus for Arbaeen. As per the national airlines, it will operate 12 direct flights for Najaf, two for Baghdad and four for Damascus from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports. The special flights’ operation will continue till September 24. CEO Malik said that the operation has been launched to facilitate the citizens intending to observe Arbaeen.