The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the most important events in the Muslim calendar, with millions of people traveling to Mecca in Saudi Arabia every year.
Go First, an Indian airline, was forced to cancel its Hajj flights this year due to numerous difficulties it has been experiencing for several months due to the pandemic. However, in a recent announcement, it was revealed that the airline’s Hajj flights have been reallocated to three other airlines: IndiGo, Saudia and flyadeal. The reassignment is expected to help thousands of pilgrims who have found themselves without a means of getting to Mecca for this year’s Hajj.
IndiGo, one of India’s largest airlines, usually operates ten flights from different Indian cities to Jeddah, which will be used by pilgrims heading to Makkah. Saudia, the flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, will operate 75 flights from several countries including India, Indonesia, Egypt and Pakistan. flyadeal, a low-cost airline also based in Saudi Arabia, will operate 23 flights from several cities in the Kingdom.
These airlines were chosen to operate the Hajj flights due to their experience and expertise in transporting pilgrims to Makkah. They were also chosen based on their adherence to safety protocols in light of the pandemic, as the health and safety of pilgrims is of the utmost importance.
The reassignment of Hajj flights from Go First is a welcome development for many pilgrims who have found themselves stranded due to the cancellation of their original flights. It is also a testament to the cooperation and collaboration between airlines when it comes to helping communities in need.