Saudia launches Hajj Season 2024 plan

1.2 million seats allocated on 150 aircraft
/ New Delhi
Saudia launches Hajj Season 2024 plan

According to the airline, 120,000 pilgrims will be served through the “Makkah Route”

Saudia Airline has launched it Hajj Season 2024 plans spanning 74 days with over 1.2 million allocated seats in its fleet of over 150 aircraft.
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Saudia Group, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has launched its operational plan for Hajj Season 2024.

In a press statement, the airline says that over 1.2 million seats have been allocated through optimal investment in its fleet of more than 150 aircraft, distinguished by operational efficiency and quality services.

It says that this initiative is in line with the directives of Saudi leadership, supported by collaboration with various entities involved in serving Hajj pilgrims.

The statement adds that the operational period for the national flag carrier during Hajj Season 2024, encompassing both inbound and outbound stages, spans 74 days starting from May 9.

Saudia says that it has formed specialised teams distributed among performance monitoring, terminal operations, follow-up, and coordination with other sectors. Additionally, operational resources have been allocated across the lounges of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and an emergency plan has been developed in collaboration with relevant stakeholders with numerous virtual simulations across both Jeddah and Madinah international airports.

Saudia says it will welcome Hajj pilgrims through five domestic airports, including Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh, Dammam, and Yanbu, with more than 11,000 frontline employees and aircraft maintenance technicians, ensuring smooth flow of movement at the airports as well as operational efficiency.

According to the airline, 120,000 pilgrims will be served through the “Makkah Route” initiative which is designed to streamline the immigration process for pilgrims to Makkah. Saudia will also continue its “Luggage First” service, and 270,000 bags will be handled as well as 240,000 Zamzam bottles.

Amer Al Khushail

Amer Al Khushail

“The national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia is honoured to continue its pivotal role in serving pilgrims, ensuring their spiritual journey is enriched in line with the objectives of Vision 2030. Each year, we integrate the efforts across all sectors as we strive to enhance pilgrims’ satisfaction by implementing initiatives that streamline arrival procedures and airport check-in processes,” says Amer Al Khushail, CEO of Saudia Hajj and Umrah.

“In preparation for the Hajj season, Saudia is committed to signing agreements with government delegations and travel agents, to ensure providing appropriate seat capacity for markets with high demand across over a hundred destinations in four continents. We offer seamless bookings through Saudia’s offices and online channels, we have also designed awareness campaigns regarding luggage acceptance criteria,” adds Al Khushail.

Saudia says it offers a number of initiatives to enhance the pilgrims’ experience, beginning with the issuance of outbound and inbound boarding passes to diverse meal options onboard, catering to all tastes.

Saudia aircraft have been specially equipped, featuring screens that will display announcements of Miqat, a boundary for pilgrims to start intent for the performance of Ḥajj, and prayer times. These screens also offer over 300,000 minutes of Islamic content aimed at educating pilgrims on rituals and Kingdom regulations, developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

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