Due to the high demand for air travel during the Hajj, Emirates is adding more flights to provide better connection for the large number of pilgrims travelling to Makkah. During the approaching Hajj season, Emirates will run special flights to Jeddah and Medina to transport pilgrims during this auspicious time.
From 23 June to 20 July, Emirates will operate 31 extra flights to Jeddah and twice daily flights to Medina to assist with the transportation of pilgrims in order to uphold one of the major tenets of Islam. The usual scheduled services of Emirates will coexist with these services.
This year, approximately a million pilgrims from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be doing the Hajj. This year, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malaysia, the UK, US, UAE, and Algeria have all experienced high demand for Hajj travel.
Travelers with an active Hajj visa are eligible for the special services. Additionally, pilgrims must be under 65, possess a current immunisation record for a vaccine approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health, and have a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of departure.
Emirates has a dedicated Hajj airport crew in Dubai to help with check-in, transfers, and making the pilgrims' time on the ground as easy and convenient as possible. Additionally, Emirates has established specific check-in and transfer desks for Hajj pilgrims passing through Dubai.