Srinagar: The Haj Committee of India on Tuesday released the Haj flight schedule 2018 of all outbound and inbound flights from Shaikh-ul-Alam International Airport, also known as Srinagar International Airport, on the Haj Committee of India website.
According to the Haj flight schedule uploaded on the Haj Committee website, pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir will start embarking from Srinagar International Airport to perform Haj by Air India from July14, 2018 onwards. This means Hajj pilgrims from Kashmir will be among the first from India along with those from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati and Lucknow who will embark for Haj from India in 2018.
The first Air India Haj flight from Srinagar International Airport will depart on July 14, 2018 whereas the last flight from Srinagar airport will be on July 25, 2018. All outbound Haj flights for Jammu and Kashmir pilgrims will be from Srinagar to Madinah.
The first return and inbound flight of the Haj Pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir will be August 25, 2018 from Jeddah International Airport, whereas the last flight carrying J&K Haj pilgrims from Jeddah to Srinagar will be on September 07, 2018.
Jammu and Kashmir has been allotted a quota of 9,773 pilgrims as the population of Muslims in the state according to the Haj Committee of India stands at 85,67,485 or 4.97%. However, with additional seats of over 250 given to the state, more than 10,000 pilgrims from Kashmir will perform Haj this year.
Pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia for Haj this year can check their flight schedule by entering cover no the Hajj Committee of India website. The Haj Committee of India will soon send letters and emails to inform the haj pilgrims about their flight date, time and other details. Pilgrims will also receive SMS from Haj Committee of India.
The Haj Committee of India, the apex body responsible to manage all Haj travel operations for the Indian pilgrims, has hired chartered planes for the air travel of the worshippers embarking on the annual ritual. In an official announcement released on Tuesday, the Haj Committee of India said the first Haj flight from India will be on July 14, 2018 and the last haj flight will be on August 16, 2018.
“The Haj pilgrims from India will embark for Haj journey from 20 embarkation points by Charter Planes from 14th July, 2018 to 16th August, 2018 ”, the Haj Committee of India said. While the first Haj Flight on June 14, 2018 from Delhi, Gaya, Srinagar, Guwahati and Lucknow embarkation points, the last Hajj flight from Indian on August 16, 2018 will be from Ahmedabad, Cochin, Hyderabad and Jaipur embarkation points.
India has been allotted a quota of 170,525 pilgrims based on the population of Muslims in the country. Out of them 128,525 pilgrims will go to Makkah through Haj Committee of India., the remaining will hire the services of Private Tour Operators (PTO).
Coinciding with Eid al Adha, Haj is the annual ritual to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hager and his son Prophet Ismael. The likely date of Wuqoof e Arafat - the key ritual of the Hajj, is August 20 or 19. As the Islamic calendar is based on sighting of moon, the final date will be decided once the new moon of the month of Dhul Hijjah is sighted. Last year, Wuqoof-e-Arafat was on August 31, 2017.
More than 02 million pilgrims from over 150 countries, including 170,025 from India, performed Hajj in 2017. The first Haj flight in 2017 was from Delhi Embarkation Point on July 24 whereas the last Haj flight in 2017 was on August 26.
Meanwhile, King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Hajj terminal in Jeddah and Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah have completed all preparations for receiving pilgrims who will start arriving at these airports from 1st Dhul Qadah 1439H, the first day of the Hajj season of 2018.
Upon arrival at the terminal, officials from the Ministry of Health will receive pilgrims and give them necessary health guidelines and services, and then they will proceed to the Passport Control to complete immigration procedures.
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