AF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1271 times:
as far as i know, to alleviate the influx of millions, all hajjis flight into JED and out of MED, or vice-versa. this kind of also forces hajjis to spent some $ in each place.
poorer far-flung countries - such as Indonesia - start shuttling their hajjis up to a month before the hajj because there is simply not enough capacity, and in almost all cases travel is limited to SV or the national airline.
Danialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1121 times:
The pilgrimage calls on places in Macca, Madinah and in places between the two. Flying into JED and out of Madinah as NOTHING to do with forcing Hajjis to spend $$$ at both places. It is an attempt to streamline the flow of the 2 million or so pilgrims.
Mecca does not have a public airport, the closest one is Jeddah. As far as I recall, there is a no-fly zone (not UN imposed!) over Mecca anyway
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Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 368 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1065 times:
Makkah(correct spelling) is getting its own airport in a few years, personally I think the numbr of pilgrims should be dropped to only 10,000 from each country, so people can perform this duty in peace and with due respect to it.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 368 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 954 times:
The only backwater airport that PIA do Hajj flights from is Quetta which has no scheduled link to Saudi Arabia their only international routes are Dubai, Sharjah and Mashhad, majority are from Lahore followed by Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar.