The Haj 2019 season has begun and Muslims from countries like Pakistan, Malaysia have departed for the Mecca today, with pilgrims from Indonesia to follow soon. Officially, haj is expected to begin on August 9.
Malaysian news reports noted that today the first batch of 483 haj pilgrims have left for the Holy Land.
Saudi Arabia will be receiving about 30,200 haj pilgrims from Malaysia via 62 flights, with the last flight departing on August 4.
Meanwhile, in Islamabad Pakistan, the first flight carrying the first batch of pilgrims departs from Islamabad International Airport.
It was reported by Gulf News that the country’s national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will operate about 294 flights in the first phase, to facilitate nearly 78,258 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
Also, in Indonesia, the first of its haj pilgrims will depart for Saudi Arabia on July 6, as stated by the ministry of religious affairs.
It was reported that about four flights of 1800 pilgrims will depart from Surabaya and Batam.
On the other hand, in Bangladesh, about 417 pilgrims have left Dhaka for the Holy Land on Thursday morning. The haj flights carrying pilgrims to Saudi Arabia will continue until August 5.
Dhaka Tribune reported that Bangladeshi pilgrims can now complete the immigration procedure at Dhaka airport before departing to Saudi Arabia.
Previously, they were required to wait in the aircraft upon landing in Saudi Arabia to complete the procedure, which can sometimes take up to six hours.
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