Pilotaydin, thanks for that. I know what you mean, its great to have a decent conversation on this website. So you lived in Saudi for 13 years...you're probably really fluent in Arabic?
And yeah we all expect loads of pics of Hajj flights from you...don't forget! When I was in Saudi back in January/February I remember seeing 2 TK
A310s, 1 A343 and 1 B738 at the JED
Hajj terminal at one time! Are Turkish charter airlines allowed to fly Hajj charter, I can't recall seeing any?
-IWC, thanks for the complement, and I also follow your well-informed posts (like this one). All I can say it's about time that they opened up MED. Even though Medinah isn't a large city, the amount of pilgrims that flow into the holy city year round is huge. Until recently SV
was the only choice, but they offer limited destinations out of MED, meaning that most international visitors had to travel to JED
and connect onto a domestic SV
flight to MED (though the majority still travel by buses/coaches on the 5 hour journey). Hopefully the opening of this market will mean easier movements for pilgrims to Madinah, and if they're really opening up MED to scheduled flights, then I'm sure MS
will start flights a.s.a.p (Saudi is MS
's largest international market and Egypt is also SV
's largest market). One more thing...not that I doubt your information in anyway, but how did you get this info?
And I know what you mean about it being a logistical nightmare with loads of delays. When I arrived at JED
I spent around 7 hrs in the airport clearing everything (I was alone so it did take longer). Going back was even worse as the airport was much busier. We had to arrive 5 hours before the flight which itself was delayed by 3 hours. I hope the authorities really improve the infrastructure at the Hajj terminal to ease the choas. I understand they wouldn't want to invest too much money simply because the facility is only used for a limited period each year.
have a charter flight routing JED
this week. Its this Thursday with a B744 (SV3871).