Mumbai: The Hajj Committee of India on Tuesday released the flight schedule of Haj pilgrims who will be performing Hajj in August 2018. The Haj pilgrims from Maharashtra will embark on their Haj pilgrimage from Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad three embarkation points.
According to the Hajj Flight Schedule 2018 released by the Haj Committee of India Mumbai office, the first Haj flight carrying the pilgrims from Maharashtra will take off from Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad all three embarkation points on July 29, 2018.
The last Haj flight from Aurangabad airport will be on July 31, 2018 whereas the last Haj flight from Mumbai airport will be on August 12, 2018. Similarly, the last Haj flight from Nagpur airport will be n August 04, 2018. All Haj flights from Maharashtra will be to Jeddah Airport.
The first return flight of the Maharashtra Haj Pilgrims will be September 11, 2018 from Madinah International Airport to Nagpur, September 12, 2018 from Madinah International Airport to Mumbai and September 13, 2018 from Madinah International Airport to Aurangabad airport.
Pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia for Haj this year can check their flight schedule by entering cover no on the Hajj Committee of India website. The Haj Committee of India will soon send letters and emails to inform the haj pilgrims about their flight date, time and other details. Pilgrims will also receive SMS from Haj Committee of India.
The Haj Committee of India, the apex body responsible to manage all Haj travel operations for the Indian pilgrims, has hired chartered planes for the air travel of the worshippers embarking on the annual ritual. In an official announcement released on Tuesday, the Haj Committee of India said the first Haj flight from India will be on July 14, 2018 and the last haj flight will be on August 16, 2018.
“The Haj pilgrims from India will embark for Haj journey from 20 embarkation points by Charter Planes from 14th July, 2018 to 16th August, 2018 ”, the Haj Committee of India said. While the first Haj Flight on June 14, 2018 from Delhi, Gaya, Srinagar, Guwahati and Lucknow embarkation points, the last Hajj flight from Indian on August 16, 2018 will be from Ahmedabad, Cochin, Hyderabad and Jaipur embarkation points.
India has been allotted a quota of 170,525 pilgrims based on the population of Muslims in the country. Out of them 128,525 pilgrims will go to Makkah through Haj Committee of India., the remaining will hire the services of Private Tour Operators (PTO).
Coinciding with Eid al Adha, Haj is the annual ritual to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hager and his son Prophet Ismael. The likely date of Wuqoof e Arafat - the key ritual of the Hajj, is August 20 or 19. As the Islamic calendar is based on sighting of moon, the final date will be decided once the new moon of the month of Dhul Hijjah is sighted. Last year, Wuqoof-e-Arafat was on August 31, 2017.
More than 02 million pilgrims from over 150 countries, including 170,025 from India, performed Hajj in 2017. The first Haj flight in 2017 was from Delhi Embarkation Point on July 24 whereas the last Haj flight in 2017 was on August 26.
Meanwhile, King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Hajj terminal in Jeddah and Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah have completed all preparations for receiving pilgrims who will start arriving at these airports from 1st Dhul Qadah 1439H, the first day of the Hajj season of 2018.
Upon arrival at the terminal, officials from the Ministry of Health will receive pilgrims and give them necessary health guidelines and services, and then they will proceed to the Passport Control to complete immigration procedures.
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