Emirates will be operating 33 additional flights to Jeddah and Medina from 6 to 31 August to support the journey for pilgrims expected to travel to Mecca during Hajj this year.
These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Emirates will also be deploying a two-class A380 to Jeddah from 5-14 August, returning pilgrims back to Dubai and their onward connections from 26-31 August.
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 UK, Australia, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
Emirates’ senior vice president for commercial operations in the 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.”
On the ground in Dubai, Emirates has a dedicated airport team whose purpose is to seamlessly facilitate the passenger ground experience for Hajj. In addition, dedicated check-in and transfer counters have been set up for Hajj passengers transiting in Dubai.