The Director of Hajj and Umrah Affairs at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah Khaled bin Muslim al-Harbi expects the arrival of 4,300 pilgrims per hour during the period starting from Aug. 20. Thirteen reception halls have been allocated to receive pilgrims this year.
Al-Harbi said it should take between 30 and 45 minutes for the pilgrims to go through formalities before they board the bus leaving the airport. He denied any case of overcrowding whether of arriving or departing pilgrims in the past five years.
He said the recorded delays in the departure of pilgrims, during the period mentioned, was caused by pilgrimage offices’ arrangements, or because of companies and tourism agencies that deal with Umrah or pilgrims services.
Al-Harbi pointed out that the management of the airport has allocated 13 reception halls for the pilgrimage season this year, and one lounge for departures.
In response to a question by about airport management’s preparations for the pilgrimage season this year, al-Harbi revealed that earlier they put plans and necessary programs in place to facilitate receiving pilgrims. Meetings were held with various stakeholders to coordinate the work according to an integrated system of services.
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