Over 2.4 million pilgrims passed through Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) since the beginning of the Umrah season, which started in November and will continue until July, a report from The Saudi Gazette said.
King Abdulaziz International Airport director general Abdullah Al-Rimi said: “The Umrah season for this year kicked off with big number of pilgrims. We are expecting an increase in the coming months, especially during Ramadan.
“The Saudi leadership always ensures that pilgrims receive the best of services. All government services working at the airport are operating around the clock to serve the pilgrims,” said Al-Rimi.
According to Al-Rimi, The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has planned for months in advance and has the capability to manage the large number of pilgrims.
“The airport normally receives no more than 9 million travelers a year. Earlier, 60 companies were operating at the airport, but now there are 83 companies. The number of companies increases to 98 during the Umrah season,” he said.
The airport is expected to receive 10 million pilgrims this season, the report added.