Haj flights to begin form Sept 20 in J&K: Peerzada

Haj flights from the state will resume from Saturday and around 3,750 people are expected to fly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, Jammu and Kashmir's Minister for Hajj and Auqaf Peerzada Mohammad Sayed said on Wednesday.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 17, 2014, 22:36 PM IST

Jammu: Haj flights from the state will resume from Saturday and around 3,750 people are expected to fly to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage, Jammu and Kashmir's Minister for Hajj and Auqaf Peerzada Mohammad Sayed said on Wednesday.

"The flight for 3,575 Hajjis would be started from September, 20 and devotees should report to Srinagar Airport at 7 AM," Sayed said, during a high-level meeting to discuss modalities to resume Hajj flights for the left over pilgrims.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Revenue Vinod Kaul, Director Information Tasudaq Geelani, Director Airports, Hajj office and other senior officers of police and civil administration.

The pilgrims of the flight which would depart at 12 PM for their onward journey to Mecca. Similarly, pilgrims of the second flight would be required to report at 12 noon which would depart at 2 PM.

Each flight would ferry 275 pilgrims and in total 13 flights would be operate for the pilgrims, he said.

It was also informed that there would be no flight for September 23, and pilgrims would be provided ahram at Srinagar and they are also requested to bring their passports and tickets with them, he added.

It was also decided that haj pilgrims, who reports directly at the airport, shall be provided all facilities so that the movement was hassle free.

It was also informed that since the pilgrims shall be giving to Makkah Mubarak, they will have to wear ahram at airport for which there shall be adequate facilities.

The pilgrims are requested to keep the ahram and chappal in the handbag.

It was emphasised that only one person driving the vehicle should accompany the pilgrims as no other person shall be allowed to enter the airport.