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Mumbai International Airport to facilitate 33000 pilgrims for Haj this year

27 May 2024

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 27 (ANI): Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is set to play a crucial role in this year's Haj pilgrimage. The airport anticipates facilitating the departure of 33,000 pilgrims from Mumbai to Saudi Arabia. CSMIA is set to handle over 65,000 passengers including arrivals and departures during the period of May 2024 to July 2024, an official statement said.

This monumental operation highlights CSMIA's significance as one of the key departure points for the Haj pilgrimage in India. CSMIA is fully prepared to manage the increased passenger traffic with a phased-wise and coordinated approach, it added.

The statement said, "2024 is anticipated to mark a significant 157 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of Haj pilgrims travelling through CSMIA when compared to 2023 when 12,815 pilgrims departed from the airport. The annual Haj flights from CSMIA operate for two months throughout the year. For 2024, the departure flights commenced on May 25th and will continue till June 12th. The arrival of returning pilgrims is tentatively scheduled to begin in July 2024".

CSMIA manages a robust schedule for Saudi Arabia, with airlines such as IndiGo, Air India, Vistara, and Saudia Airlines collectively operating 11 flights daily. During the peak period for Haj, Saudia Airlines is responsible for handling the official Haj movement from CSMIA.

To accommodate the significant increase in pilgrim traffic, 101 additional ferry flights have been scheduled for both departures and arrivals, demonstrating CSMIA's commitment to facilitating a smooth and efficient travel experience for all Haj pilgrims, it added.

Additionally, CSMIA is set to host a comprehensive range of facilities and services exclusively for Haj pilgrims at Terminal 2. These enhancements are designed to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience for all travellers undertaking this significant journey, the statement added. (ANI)

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