By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline boosts capacity on Jeddah, Madinah routes for those holding valid Umrah visa
Emirates Airline will operate nearly 60 extra flights to assist pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia during the Holy month of Ramadan, it said on Tuesday.
An additional 42 services will operate to Jeddah from July 5 to August 16 while an extra 17 flights will operate to the holy city of Madinah from July 16-31.
The extra flights can be accessed by travellers holding a valid Umrah visa, the Dubai-based airline said in a statement.
Those wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia for reasons other than Umrah can fly on any of Emirates' regular, scheduled flights operating from Dubai to Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah, the statement added.
"Umrah is a unique spiritual experience for Muslims, and Emirates is glad to be able to facilitate travel arrangements for pilgrims during their special journey," said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates' senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran.
"Emirates would like to thank the government and authorities in Saudi Arabia for granting us permission to introduce extra frequencies for Umrah pilgrims."