JEDDAH: Saudia began operations to transport pilgrims home after they completed their Hajj rituals on Friday.
Seven flights took off from Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport headed to Riyadh, Dammam and Hofuf, after increasing the number of flights to accommodate the travelers.
Saudia announced that the total number of seats available had been increased to around 15,000, distributed over 8 Hajj flights, 25 additional flights, and 49 flights using airplanes with larger seat capacities.
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Health for Preventive Affairs Dr. Abdullah Asiri said that pilgrims returning home from Hajj do no need to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or isolate upon arrival.
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