Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Civil Aviation
13-December-2011 11:45 IST
Highlights of this Year Haj Operations
This year Haj Air charter Operation has started on 29th September, 2011. Phase-1 of Haj air charter operation concluded on 31st October, 2011 as per schedule. Return phase of Haj Air charter operation has started on 10th November, 2011 and completed successfully on 12th December,2011 on schedule. A total of 1,25,000 pilgrims have been airlifted for performance of Haj through Haj Committee of India. Ministry of civil Aviation has provided air charters to these pilgrims with subsidy support from Government of India. n

This year air carriers have been selected through sealed tender on competitive bidding inviting qualified airlines from India and Saudi Arabia. Accordingly, Saudi Arabian based airlines namely Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV ) and NAS Air (NAS) have been given the contract to carry pilgrims from 21 embarkation points in India. Highlights of this year Haj Operationsare as under:

• Total of 875 flights were operated to carry the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia and back.

• Whole process of Haj operation is completed on 12/12/2011 as per schedule. All Haj flights have maintained almost 99 % schedule timings.

• It has been reported by the Co-ordination cell operated by Ministry of Civil Aviation at Jeddah and Madina airport that all baggage and Zamzam have been carried by the concerned airlines.

• This year no complaints with regard to left behind baggage and hotel accommodation / food in the event of delays have been reported from anywhere.