Direct Flight from Srinagar to Jeddah resumes after 4 years for Haj Pilgrims
After a gap of four years, Haj pilgrims will be able to take direct Air India flights from Srinagar to Jeddah this year, confirmed Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Wednesday here.
Omar Abdullah after the meet with the state Haj Committee informed to media that Air India has decided to operate direct flights from Srinagar to Jeddah from this year that would relieved the pressure of IGI airport, New Delhi for which Haj Pilgrims used to use as exchange airport.
The first Haj flight will leave Srinagar Sep 17. Each flight will carry 270 pilgrims.
This year a record 9,170 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir will perform the Haj as the quota for the state has been increased from last year's 8,441 to 8,670, the highest in the last four years.
In addition to the official quota, private operators are facilitating the travel of over 500 pilgrims this year.
--With IANS Inputs--
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