Monday, May 22, 2023

Hajj 2023: Air India, Air India Express to operate special flights from India to Jeddah, Medina; fly 19,000 pilgrims

Air India  and Air India Express will fly around 19,000 pilgrims from four destinations in India to Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia for Hajj 2023. The first Air India flight for this year’s Haff took off from Jaipur at 11:05 am and reached at 1:50 pm local time in Medina. 

Air India will operate 46 flights from Jaipur and Chennai to Medina and Jeddah respectively from May 21 to June 21. In the second phase, Air India will bring back pilgrims from Jeddah and Medina to Jaipur and Chennai in 43 flights from July 3 to August 2. 

As many as 5,871 pilgrims will fly from Jaipur on 27 flights, while 4,447 pilgrims will fly from Chennai on 19 flights. Overall, a total of 10,318 passengers will be flown by Air India to Saudi Arabia. 

Air India Express will operate flights from Kozhikode and Kannur from June 4 to June 22. A total of 44 flights will be operated from Kozhikode to Jeddah with 6,863 passengers , and 13 flights will be flown from Kannur to Jeddah carrying 1,873 passengers in the first phase. A total of 8236 passengers will be flown by Air India Express operating 57 flights during the first phase.

In the second phase, Air India Express will fly back pilgrims from Medina to Kozhikode and Kannur from July 13 to August 2. 

Campbell Wilson, CEO and MD, Air India said, “We have taken special efforts to boost our on-ground teams at the relevant airports to ensure special care for all our valued guests on these flights.”

22/05/2023 Anwesha Madhukalya/Business Today

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