Emirates will operate 45 additional flights to
Jeddah and 12 additional flights to Medina from 17 August until 11
September to help serve the 2 million pilgrims expected to travel
to the Holy City of Mecca during Hajj this year.
The extra flights
will run in parallel with Emiratesí regularly scheduled services
The airline will also be operating its A380 to Medina
which will support the increased demand during this period.
The additional services are available to
travellers holding a valid Hajj visa.
This year, top
inbound destinations Emirates is expecting Hajj pilgrims to come
from are Yangon, Manchester, Mauritius, Jakarta, Karachi, Lagos
Adil Al Ghaith Senior Vice President,
Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran, said, ďTravelling for Hajj is a unique experience for
muslims around the
world, and we expect over 20,000 pilgrims to travel with us this
year. With a sizeable increase in demand for air travel during
this period, Emirates is helping to make the journey more seamless
for the scores of pilgrims making their way to the Holy City of
Mecca. Whether itís in the air or on the ground, Emirates aims to
provide all its customers with the best experience in line with
their faith, particularly at this significant time and important
On the ground, Emirates has appointed a dedicated
group of airport staff to seamlessly facilitate the passenger
ground experience for Hajj. In addition, dedicated check-in
counters have been set up for Hajj passengers in Dubai.
the air, several initiatives have been planned in keeping with the
values and traditions that pilgrims uphold when travelling for
Hajj. Extra provisions will be made to accommodate Hajj traveller
needs such as performing ablutions, advising passengers about Al Miqat and Ihram (the phase when pilgrims enter a state of
sanctity) and other arrangements that will help ease their
Emiratesí inflight entertainment system will also feature a
special Hajj video that covers safety, Hajj formalities and
information about performing the Hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims will
also be able to tune into the Holy Quran channel.
flights from Jeddah, Hajj passengers can bring up to 5 litres of
holy water (Zamzam) which will be placed in special areas in the
cargo hold. As with all Emirates flights, Hajj passengers will
enjoy extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of up to 35kg in
Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.