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LONDON – Emirates will be operating an additional 33 flights on top of the ones that are already scheduled help cover the busy Hajj season travel.

The flights will be operating from Dubai to Jeddah and Medina to help support the increase in travels for to the holy city of Mecca.

Emirates said that these additional flights will be available for anyone who holds a valid Hajj visa.

The airline expects that the flights will ensure a smooth journey for all its passengers traveling to Mecca from countries like Pakistan, Senegal, the UK, Australia, Indonesia, the Ivory Coast, and Nigeria.

“Hajj travel is an extraordinary journey for Muslims which leaves them with a lifetime of memorable experiences, and we expect over 25,000 pilgrims to travel with Emirates this year,” said Emirates’ SVP of Commercial Operations, Adil Al Ghaith.

“With the significant demand for air travel during this period, Emirates is deploying extra flights to ensure more seamless connections for the scores of pilgrims making their way to the Holy City of Mecca,” he said.

Hajj-Tailored Service

Emirates has set up a dedicated team on the ground at Dubai to help passengers to connect to their flights and enhance the Hajj experience seamlessly.

The airline has also said they will be opening up dedicated check-in and flight connection counters for all Hajj passengers at Dubai’s airport.

Emirates has made several changes which will allow the traditions and values Pilgrims uphold during this important season to remain untouched.

One of the most significant changes will be seen in Emirates’ in-flight entertainment system ‘ICE’, which will have a special safety demonstration while maintaining the values of Hajj.

Also, flights from Jeddah will allow passengers to bring up to 5 liters of holy water back with them, with special storage areas being set up in the cargo hold.

Emirates has also announced that Hajj passengers will be allowed a generous upgrade in baggage allowance of up to 35kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class, and 50kg in First Class.