Revealed: how Emirates plans to add flights help Hajj pilgrims

Emirates on Tuesday announced that it will be expanding its services to Jeddah and Madinah with an additional 46 flights to help facilitate travel for Hajj pilgrims heading to and from Saudi Arabia.

The flights will be operated between July 27 and August 22 to support the Hajj journey to the holy city of Makkah.

The services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah and Madinah and will be available to travellers holding a valid Hajj visa.

This year, Emirates said it expects thousands of pilgrims to travel on its services for Hajj, coming from top inbound destinations such as Pakistan, the United States, Senegal, the UK, Nigeria, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ivory Coast.

Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates’ senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran, said: “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.”

Emirates added that it has commissioned a dedicated team to manage check-in and transfers for the movement of Hajj passengers leaving from and transiting in Dubai.

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