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Question On Haj Flights?  
User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2152 posts, RR: 13
Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

From where to where do they go? I mean, does Mecca have its own airport? How many flights? Which airlines do most flights? What else is particular about them?

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User currently offlineYegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1721 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

all HAJJ flights go to Jeddah.

There, they have a huge pilgrims terminal


User currently offlineEZYcrew From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

a few years ago, I took 1-month unpaid leave to work the Hajj flights of Kabo Air of Nigeria.

We flew on an old 747-100 (ex PanAm, still with small Juan Trippe titles), between, Jeddah and Kano, Abuja and Lagos.

We were a mixed Swiss, UK and US crew, and worked like hell! Our pax were pilgrims who, for the most part, had never boarded a plane before (and probably never used a toilet before either it seemed).


User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1886 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.
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User currently offlineMog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

The whole Haj thing has to do with keeping the Saudi Arabian economy alive, since the oil goes to you know who.

Jeddah mainly, but the bigger you are, the closer you land.


User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1736 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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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1680 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.


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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

don't look for any foreign carriers to fly to makkah except for hajj flights. SV won't let anyone even fly to medina.

User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2152 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

From which airports would there be the most Hajj flights to Saudi-Arabia? Also some airports that are otherwise "backwater"?

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1569 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.


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