Etihad Airways has revealed it will deploy additional flights between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia to facilitate the movement of thousands of pilgrims during the Hajj season. The carrier will operate 15 additional flights between July 28 and August 25 to transport pilgrims to Madinah. Moreover, Etihad said it will operate six charter flights devoted to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs, Sheik Zayed Foundation and Abu Dhabi police. The outbound flights will work from Abu Dhabi to Jeddah and Madinah between August 1-5, with return flights booked for August 16-17.
Houssam Weiss, head of UAE Sales at Etihad Airways, stated: “Etihad has been working Hajj flights since 2007 and we stay focused on giving our extra administrations during this significant season for the Muslim world. Altogether, we conveyed roughly 300,000 explorers to the city of Makkah to perform Hajj.
“We plan to assist our guests to complete this once-in-a-lifetime religious journey with ease and peace of mind. This year we expect roughly 25,000 Hajj travellers on our flights, with most starting in Australia, Pakistan, Morocco, United Kingdom, India and Indonesia, travelling by means of our Abu Dhabi center.”
To encourage the Hajj travel experience, Etihad said it will allot a dedicated staff and check-in counters at Abu Dhabi International Airport.Additional arrangements will be made inflight by the lodge team to meet explorers’ prerequisites, including facilitating the performing of ablutions, informing them with respect to the section into Al Miqat, and the changing into Ihram robes. On return flights from Saudi Arabia, Etihad Airways will allow Hajj pilgrims to convey a five-liter container of Zamzam water free of charge.