Kolkata: The West Bengal State Haj Committee on Thursday released the complete Haj flight schedule 2018 of all outbound and inbound flights from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, also known as Kolkata International Airport, on its website.
According to the Haj 2018 flight schedule uploaded on West Bengal State Haj Committee website, pilgrims from Kolkata airport will embark to perform Haj 2018 from July 17, 2018 onwards.
The first flight Air India AI-5001 carrying 421 Haj pilgrims from Kolkata International Airport will depart at 06:15 am on July 17, 2018 and arrive at Madinah Special Haj Terminus at 10:05 am on the same day.
A total of 29 flights will run from Kolkata Haj embarkation point. The last flight will be Air India AI-5057. It will depart from Kolkata at 06:40 pm on July 29, 2018 and reach Madina International airport at 12:50 pm on the same day..
The capacity of most of the flights running from Kolkata embarkation point is 421. However some flights have a capacity of 340 pilgrims whereas the last Haj flight from Kolkata will have a capacity of 150.
The first inbound Haj flight Air India AI-5002 carrying 421 Haj pilgrims from Jeddah International Airport will depart at 15:50 on September 01, 2018 and arrive at Kolkata International Airport at 01:05 am September 02, 2018.
The last inbound Hak flight will be Air India AI-5058. It will depart from Jeddah Airport at 09:20 am on September 12, 2018 and reach Kolkata International airport at 20:35 on the same day..
The Haj pilgrims can check the entire schedule on by clicking here: West Bengal Haj 2018 Flight Schedule.
Haj pilgrims can also check their flight status by entering their cover number on Haj Committee of India website or West Bengal State Haj Committee website. The Haj Committee of India (hajcommittee.gov.in) will also inform individually all pilgrims who are going for haj in 2018 through e-mail and SMS about their flight schedule.
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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