Kuwait Welcomes Returning Pilgrims After Hajj Ritual

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KUWAIT CITY, July 01: Kuwait International Airport received the first batch of pilgrims returning from the Hajj today. The smooth procedures facilitated their arrival following the completion of the Hajj rituals. A total of approximately 40 flights have been scheduled for the return of pilgrims from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with two main destinations: Jeddah and Madinah airports.

These flights will be operated by five airlines, with Kuwait Airways operating from Terminal (T4), Jazeera Airways from Terminal (T5), and Saudi Arabian Airlines, flynas, and flyadeal from Terminal (T1). Mansour Al-Hashimi, the Director of Operations Department at Civil Aviation, stated that the first flight, carrying around 330 passengers, arrived at Terminal (T1) at approximately 9:35 a.m. on Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Al-Hashimi further mentioned that around 25 flights, carrying a total of 8,135 pilgrims, are expected to arrive today. The distribution of these flights is as follows: 7 flights for Saudi Airlines, 6 for Jazeera Airways, 5 for Flynas, 4 for Kuwait Airways, and 3 flights for Flyadeal. The Civil Aviation has devised a comprehensive plan to ensure the smooth arrival and reception of the returning pilgrims, with continuous flights arriving at Kuwait International Airport until all pilgrims have returned from the Holy Land.

Around 15 flights are expected to arrive on Sunday, with the number of flights subject to change due to potential rescheduling or merging of flights. Al-Hashimi emphasized that Civil Aviation, in coordination with Hajj campaigns, is committed to overcoming any obstacles faced by the pilgrims and ensuring their comfort throughout the process. He praised the cooperation among all agencies operating at the airport, which will undoubtedly contribute to a seamless return experience for the pilgrims.

Civil Aviation, in collaboration with relevant government entities such as the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, the General Administration of Customs, airlines, and ground service providers, had previously confirmed their preparations to receive the returning pilgrims. It was announced on July 20 that a total of 75 flights would be operated during the current Hajj season, transporting approximately 9,000 pilgrims to the Sacred House of God.

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