The company announced in a statement that 8 flights from Jeddah and 9 flights from Medina to the Cairo International Airport, in addition to two flights from Jeddah to Alexandria’s Burj Al Arab Airport, and two other flights from Jeddah to Bamako in Mali.
Al Azhar also voiced its gratitude to the Kingdom of Morocco, king and people, for taking an action against Sweden after summoning the Chargé d'Affaires.
The company added that it is keen to overcome all obstacles, to facilitate all procedures for the pilgrims and to provide the best services.
The pilgrims expressed their thanks and appreciation for what the Ministry of Interior is doing to provide all aspects of care and attention during their departure to perform the rituals of Hajj [pilgrimage], according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior.
The company asked all tourism companies and travel agents not to issue tickets or accept visas of all kinds on flights heading to Jeddah/Madinah, starting from Tuesday, May 30, 2023, until Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
The ban includes people who are the most vulnerable to the risks of infection, according to the controls approved by the Ministry of Health.
The first batch of pilgrims will depart on eight flights from the Cairo International Airport; six flights to Madinah and two flights to Jeddah, the company added.
There is no point in banning the visits of Copts to Jerusalem at the moment, as such decision has weakened Coptic presence in the holy city, Pope Tawadros II of Egypt aid Friday.
This decision has been taken to ensure safety for the pilgrims by taking all preventive measures and applying social distancing.
Saudi Arabia on Friday reopened Al-Haram Mosque in the holy city of Mecca and Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi in the holy city of Medina after temporarily closing them for one night for sterilization, reported state TV Al-Ekhbariya.
In a statement, the Egyptian state-owned company added that the cancellation decision has been enacted on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
The Cairo International Airport is scheduled Tuesday midnight to receive the first batch of Egyptian pilgrims returning home following completing their Hajj rituals.
The sanctity of the granite mount for Muslims comes when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his farewell sermon for pilgrims some 1,400 years ago, calling for equality and unity among Muslims.
Al-Adha marks the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage) to the holy city of Mecca.
The door was installed on October 31, 1947 and replaced on October 13, 1979 with a gold one that still exists to date.
Operations rooms in Medina have not received any complaints from Hajj pilgrims, said executive president of Egypt’s official Hajj mission Amr Lotfy.
The State-owned company organized a total of 315 flights this year; 206 flights to Jeddah and 145 flights to carry 41,000 Egyptian Pilgrims.
The number of Egyptian pilgrims who performed Umrah in 2019 was about 538,940 from the beginning of the Umrah season until the third day of Eid al-Fitr.
The president was saluting Egyptian pilgrims at Mecca.
The new deaths are from the governorates of Alexandria and Aswan. Their ages range between 63 to 81 years old, said the ministry's spokesman Khaled Meghad.