Emirates Airline has announced that it will be operating extra flights to Jeddah and Medina to help facilitate travel for pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj.
The United Arab Emirates-based carrier is expected to carry over 25,000 pilgrims from eight countries, including Nigeria, to the holy land this year for the Muslim spiritual exercise.
Out of the figure, 1,314 of the pilgrims to be carried by Emirates are Nigerians.
The airline said it will be operating 33 additional flights to Jeddah and Medina from August 6th to 31st to support the journey for pilgrims expected to travel to the holy city of Mecca during Hajj this year.
“These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah and Medina. These additional flight services are available to travellers holding a valid Hajj visa.
“This year, top inbound destinations Emirates is expecting Hajj pilgrims to come from are Pakistan, Senegal, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast and Nigeria. From Nigeria alone, a total of 1,314 people are travelling to Hajj as of July 1, 2018,” the airline said.
Commenting on the development, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran, Adil Al Ghaith, said: “Hajj travel is an extraordinary journey for Muslims which leaves them with a lifetime of memorable experiences, and we expect over 25,000 pilgrims to travel with Emirates this year.
“With the significant demand for air travel during this period, Emirates is deploying extra flights to ensure more seamless connections for the scores of pilgrims making their way to the Holy City of Mecca. During their journey, we aim to provide our customers with the best experience that is aligned with the pillars of their faith, particularly during this significant period.”
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