283,184 Hajj pilgrims return home from Saudi Arabia

A Pakistani man talks to his family member after arriving at Islamabad airport after performing Hajj. (AP)

A total of 283,184 pilgrims have left the Kingdom through King Abdulaziz International Airport so far. King Abdulaziz International Airport Director Abdulhameed Abu Al-Orry said the waiting areas at the airport have cleared up after Hajj season ended.

“The number of pilgrims traveling per day have decreased. Before the end of the Hajj break, we had 134,000 pilgrims traveling in a day. After the Hajj break, we have 120,000 pilgrims traveling per day through the southern and northern areas of the airport,” said Abu Al-Orry.

He added pilgrims boarded a total number of 1,076 flights during the past period. “Pilgrims are boarding flights from Jeddah and Madinah to return to their countries. The pilgrims’ travel plans are done in cooperation with Prince Mohammad International Airport to ensure that the process is done smoothly and to avoid the dilemma of overstayers,” said Abu Al-Orry.

He added the airport is also aware of the vacationers that are returning for their schools or jobs by the end of the break.

“The Saudi Airlines and Nas Airlines are on schedule. We do not expect any delays as we have planned for the return of many teachers, students and workers. So far, we have not received any complaints from the travelers and we are happy to provide a satisfying service,” said Abu Al-Orry.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 5, 2015.

Last Update: Monday, 5 October 2015 KSA 11:19 - GMT 08:19

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