Shocking, but this is what makes many of us Muslims hypocrites, the Pilgrims could have sacrificed their visit to Makkah, God would definitely have accepted their intention and desire of performing Hajj, even if they ahd not been able to make it, and on the other hand the Minister could have offerd his plane to fly the Pilgrims instead, but the sad truth is neither of the two parties acted according to Islamic teaching's thus bringing a bad image of Muslims once again.
As for Ariana they cannot fly the Pilgrims with their single 727, they also now fly scheduled flights daily to Sharjah so the plane is needed for that as well as its Dehli service not to mention official duty and charters, then again maybe the airline should have sacrificed picking up routes till Hajj was over, but then again making money was more important for them even if theyre flying half empty, the govt. cash strapped as it is has promised to lease planes from abroad for the Hajj operation but they havent arrived, thats why the agitated Pilgrims attacked the Minister, Saudi Arabia has said anyone who wants to perform Hajj should be in the country latest by Sunday.
Normally Saudi Arabian Airlines should have contributed towards the transport of the Pilgrims just as they do from every country they serve, a few charters would'nt have effected their operations in any way especially with the A300 which is now mostly used on domestic routes, but maybe they wouldnt have made money out of it. Malaysia airlines have planes sitting idle in an Australian desert, PIA have two 747s parked idle at Karachi, loads of spare aircrfat from all over the world could have been leased/chartered by a philanthropist or a king or OIC(Organisation of Islamic Countries) to fly the Pilgrims but no, So Basically its all hypocricy, therefore what we Muslims are having to endure