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

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.


Saudi Arabia records 401 new coronavirus cases

Updated 19 min 30 sec ago

Saudi Arabia records 401 new coronavirus cases

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded 15 new deaths and 401 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 
The new cases bring the total number of people who contracted the virus to 343,774 cases. These include 8,343 active cases receiving necessary medical care. 791 of them are critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
The ministry also recorded 466 cases that have recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 330,181.
The new deaths put the toll of fatalities at 5,250.