30 million pilgrims ‘will visit Saudi Arabia by 2030’

Plans include increasing the number of direct flights and seating capacity and introducing new destinations through the national carrier. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 January 2019
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30 million pilgrims ‘will visit Saudi Arabia by 2030’

  • Under the agreement, Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s budget airlines, will be able to tailor travel packages for pilgrims through the Hajj Ministry’s central booking system

JEDDAH: Officials from Saudi Arabian Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Hajj Ministry on Tuesday to increase tourist packages for pilgrims across the globe.
The MoU was signed by Hajj Minister Mohammed Saleh Bentin and Nasser Al-Jasser, director-general of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Under the agreement, Flynas, the country’s budget airlines, will be able to tailor travel packages for pilgrims through the Hajj Ministry’s central booking system.
“This new liaison will ensure travelers to the Kingdom are offered competitive prices,” said Bentin.
Plans include increasing the number of direct flights and seating capacity and introducing new destinations through the national carrier.
Al-Jasser said integrating government institutions would enhance productivity across the board and enhance airline sales.
“We are happy to continuously be improving the quality of service to pilgrims year after year,” he said. “We hope to have 30 million pilgrims visiting the Kingdom by 2030.”
Under the MoU, Saudi Arabian Airlines will create a digital platform exclusive for pilgrims.


King Salman sends letter to leaders of Egypt, Jordan

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King Salman sends letter to leaders of Egypt, Jordan

  • Both El-Sisi and King Abdullah II conveyed their greetings to King Salman

RIYADH: King Salman sent a letter to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II emphasising the strength of the historic relations between Saudi Arabia and their respective countries.
The king’s letter to El-Sisi stated the Kingdom’s keenness to strengthen strategic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Egypt on various levels.
The letter to Egypt’s president was delivered as El-Sisi received the Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed Abdul Aziz Kattan and Dr. Issam bin Saeed, a state minister and member of the cabinet.
The letter to Jordan was also delivered by the Saudi minister of state who was received by King Abdullah II.
Both El-Sisi and King Abdullah II conveyed their greetings to King Salman.