Madinah welcomes non-Saudi carriers

Foreign airlines have been given permission to fly Haj flights to Madinah Airport.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  January 6, 2004

Foreign airlines have been given permission to fly Haj flights to Madinah Airport. The airport has previously been closed off to foreign carriers, and pilgrims from outside of Saudi Arabia were forced to fly to Riyadh or Jeddah instead. “The move aims at facilitating the travel of pilgrims by making better use of available resources,” Abdul Fatah Atta, director general of the Madinah Airport explained to Arab News. Ninety Haj flights from abroad have landed at Madinah Airport over the last 10 days, carrying more than 30,000. The airport expects to handle 10-15 flights a day until the 26th of January, the last day for pilgrim arrivals by plane. The opening of Madinah to foreign Haj flights has eased some of the pressure on King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, which is undergoing major expansion to accommodate 21 million passengers.

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