Between July 27 and August 22, 2019, Emirates Airline will be offering 46 additional flights to Jeddah and Madinah to meet the demands of Hajj pilgrims heading to Makkah in Saudi Arabia.
The extra services complement the airline’s regularly scheduled flights to Jeddah and Madinah, and will be available to travellers holding valid Hajj visas.
Senior vice president, commercial operations – Gulf, Middle East and Iran, Emirates Airline, Adil Al Ghaith commented: “Hajj is one of the most significant events in the Muslim faith, and every year, Emirates’ primary focus is to help facilitate seamless travel for our Hajj passengers as they converge on the Holy City of Makkah for this once in a lifetime journey. With the substantial increase of inbound air travel into the Kingdom during this period, Emirates’ 46 extra flights will ensure that we can cater to that demand, as well as provide tailored onboard services in line with the tenets of Hajj.”
The Dubai-based airline anticipates that thousands upon thousands of religious travellers will make use of these extra services from top inbound destinations, including Pakistan, the US, Senegal, the UK, Nigeria, Indonesia, South Africa and the Ivory Coast.
Committed to making their travels special during this holy season, Emirates Airline has deployed a dedicated team to manage check-in and transfers for Hajj passengers leaving from and transiting in Dubai, ensuring a seamless, hassle-free experience.
Meanwhile, in the air, the carrier has coordinated several initiatives that uphold the values and traditions of pilgrims when travelling for Hajj. Extra provisions will be made to accommodate Hajj traveller needs such as performing ablutions and other cleansing rituals, as well as advising passengers when they have entered Al Miqat zones to ensure readiness for Ihram (the point when pilgrims enter a state of sanctity) through dedicated passenger announcements.
On flights from Jeddah, Hajj passengers can bring up to five litres of holy water (Zamzam) with them, which will be placed in special areas in the cargo hold.