Saudi Arabia has officially announced the flight schedule for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia has released a comprehensive timetable for the upcoming religious event, marking significant dates for both inbound and outbound flights.
According to the GACA’s announcement, the pre-Hajj flights are scheduled to begin on May 9, 2024, and will continue to land in Saudi Arabia until June 10, 2024. This period will allow pilgrims from around the world to arrive in the country and prepare for the spiritual journey ahead.
The return journey for the pilgrims is set to commence on June 20, 2024, with the final Hajj flight departing from Saudi Arabia on July 21, 2024. This schedule provides ample time for the pilgrims to complete their religious duties and return to their respective countries.
In addition to the flight schedule, the GACA has also opened the application process for airlines from various countries, including Pakistan, to submit their proposals for pre- and post-Hajj flight operations. The deadline for these applications is January 1, 2024.
However, the release of the Hajj Policy for 2024, which was eagerly awaited by many, experienced an unexpected delay. The press conference, initially planned by the Minister of Religious Affairs, was postponed due to ongoing discussions and initiatives aimed at reducing the cost of the Hajj packages.
Reports suggest that the Federal Cabinet had recently approved the Hajj Policy for 2024, which includes a series of notable changes. The policy aims to be more inclusive, taking into account public recommendations, with the ultimate goal of providing a more streamlined and efficient experience for the pilgrims.
As the world prepares for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage, all eyes will be on Saudi Arabia as it manages this significant religious event. The country’s efforts to streamline the process and make it more inclusive are commendable and it will be interesting to see how these changes impact the overall Hajj experience.