Palestinian pilgrims arrive to Cairo airport to travel for Hajj
A number of employees of the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo welcomed the Palestinian pilgrims, amid intense security presence.
The 602 pilgrims travelled on Egypt Air flights number 3278,3280 on Tuesday morning.
Egypt Air is operating 12 flights to Jeddah until August 12 for the travel of 3,321 Palestinian pilgrims.
Palestinian pilgrims arrives Cairo airport to travel for Hajj - CC ET
Civil Aviation Minister, Younis al-Masry, held on Monday a meeting attended by a number of officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, as well as representatives of ministries and bodies concerned with organizing the Hajj season to follow up the status of flights.
He also reviewed the status of private flights of pilgrims of Mali and Palestine, who will travel on Egypt Air, and the schedules of transit pilgrims coming from several countries around the world.
Masry directed to prepare for the return flights after the end ofHajj, which begins on August 27.
CAIRO - 1 August 2018: EgyptAir will begin operating flights to carry more than 50,000 pilgrims to perform Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia as of Wednesday. Chairman of the national carrier company SherifEzzat said that the company is scheduled to fly pilgrims from both North and South Sinai to Jeddan International Airport on Wednesday, while the first flight to Medina will take off Thursday carrying pilgrims from Giza and Port Said governorates.
EgyptAir operated 17 flights on Saturday to carry 3,675 Egyptian Muslims to Saudi Arabia's Mecca for performing the pilgrimage ritual (Hajj) which is due to start in the third week of August.
Nine flights were scheduled to fly from Cairo and SharmEl-Sheikh to Jeddah, while eight otherswere set to leavefor Medina, stated MENA news agency on Saturday.
It is scheduled that a total of 325 flights will carry 62,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, including pilgrims from Mali and Palestine for the 2018 Hajj season.
EgyptAir began operating flights of pilgrims from South and North Sinai to Jeddah as of Wednesday. The first flight to Medina took off Thursday, carrying pilgrims from Giza and Port Said, according to the chairman of EgyptAir.
CAIRO - 5 August 2018: Minister of Awqaf Mohamed
MokhtarGomaa said Sunday the aim of all official missions of Hajj (pilgrimage) is to offer services to pilgrims and highlight the upright image of Islam. The minister's statements came in a press conference with Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan who heads this year's Egypt's hajj mission to the holy lands in Saudi Arabia.
The hajj, a five-day ritual which retraces the journey of Prophet Mohammad that took place 14 centuries ago, is a religious duty that should be carried out once in a lifetime for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.
It is the world's largest annual Muslim gathering, with over 2.3 million people attending this year. The faithful come from nearly every country in the world, speaking dozens of languages and sometimes practicing Islam in different ways based on local customs or traditions.
Millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca every year. Saudi authorities saidmore than two million Muslims participated in 2017’s hajj season, whose rituals are regularly performed in Mecca and Medina.