Saudia to transport over 700,000 pilgrims

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Saudi Arabian Airlines will transport 631,500 foreign pilgrims and 76,028 domestic pilgrims during the current Haj season.

The national carrier will operate a total of 1,653 services to carry the pilgrims, said Abdullah Al-Ajhar, Assistant Executive Director General of Saudia for Public Relations.

He said that Saudia’s first Haj flight landed at Prince Muhammad International Airport, Madinah from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. The last flight will leave Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport for Dhaka on Nov. 18 (Muharram 15), he said.

“About 53 percent of Haj flights (432 in number) will land at the Jeddah airport while the Madinah airport will receive 390 flights (47 percent). The airline will operate 511 departure services from Jeddah and 320 services from Madinah,” he said.

Al-Ajhar said that Saudia leased 30 new big aircraft to operate Haj services smoothly without affecting the scheduled services.

“The national carrier is issuing boarding passes for arrival and departure flights from the pilgrims’ embarkation point itself and there is no need for them to approach any sales outlets in the Kingdom to reconfirm the tickets.

This will enable the pilgrims to concentrate on their rituals,” he said, adding that the airline is keen to provide a bouquet of premium services on board the flights to enlighten the pilgrims on the rituals and their comfortable stay in the holy cities.

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