Maldives Hajj Corporation has designated Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudi Airlines’ to carry the corporation’s Hajj pilgrims to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.
The corporation’s manager Yamin Idrees and Saudi Airlines’ operator Aeroworld Pvt Ltd’s CEO Hisham Shums signed the agreement at a ceremony held at the Hajj Corporation on Sunday.
Yamin Idrees said that this new development with Saudi Airlines will prove highly beneficial to local pilgrims embarking on the Islamic holy pilgrimage of Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He highlighted the advantage of four direct flights to carry Hajj Corporation’s pilgrims for Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Maldives to Jeddah without any transits.
Moreover, the baggage allowance for Hajj pilgrims has also been increased. While pilgrims were allowed 30 kilograms per person the past two years, the amount this year has been raised to 40 kilograms sans a container of Zamzam water (holy water from the Well of Zamzam).
“Pilgrims have faced some problems at the Jeddah airport in the past two years, which we hope will be minimised with the Saudi Airlines,” said Yamin.
The Hajj Corporation will send off 1000 pilgrims to Jeddah via Saudi Airlines.