Saudia to complete record number of flights transporting pilgrims

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Saudia launched its operational plan to transport guests from the holy sites to more than 100 international and domestic destinations. (SPA)
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Saudia launched its operational plan to transport guests from the holy sites to more than 100 international and domestic destinations. (SPA)
Updated 25 August 2018
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Saudia to complete record number of flights transporting pilgrims

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) launched an operational plan on Friday to transport pilgrims from the holy sites to more than 100 international and domestic destinations via airports in Jeddah and Madinah.

Director-General of the Saudia, Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser said the plan coincides with the end of Eid Al-Adha and the summer holidays, which usually witness intense air traffic on domestic and international routes.

The Director-General of the carrier chaired a meeting on Friday at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, attended by a number of company executives. He toured the airport, including service facilities and all the arrangements prepared for the guests.

Saudia carried its first pilgrims to their destinations on Friday morning, with a flight from KAIA to Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport. The first plane carried 410 pilgrims. Thereafter domestic and international flights continued to depart from Medinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport. The last flight for the Hajj season is expected to leave in the middle of the month of Muharram.

On Saturday, Saudia will complete a record number of flights in a single day, which has not been achieved since its inception, with 711 flights, including scheduled and additional flights and transporting pilgrims to various domestic and international destinations.

Saudia has achieved a remarkable new rate of transportation this year, an increase of 22 percent compared to last year.

Serving pilgrims is one of the national carrier’s top priorities and the airline is keen to accommodate, as is the case with other Saudi service institutions.


Iraqi activist shot dead in tense southern city of Basra

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Iraqi activist shot dead in tense southern city of Basra

BAGHDAD: A police official says masked gunmen have shot dead a human rights activist and mother of four outside a supermarket in the southern city of Basra.
The official says Soad Al-Ali, who has been involved in organizing protests demanding better services in the city, was killed Tuesday by gunmen who fled the scene after shooting at her and her husband in their car. Al-Ali was killed on the spot while her husband was wounded and was being treated in a hospital.
The assassination — the first such incident since protests erupted this summer — occurred in the Abbasiya district in the center of Basra.
It came as protests resumed Tuesday following a two-week hiatus. Protesters are demanding basic services and the release of those detained in previous demonstrations.