Aiming to address the high demand for flights between Dubai and Jeddah during this year’s Umrah season, Emirates has revealed that it will be operating 24 extra flights. Adding more than 10,000 additional seats during the period, the route will be serviced by the carrier’s Boeing 777-300ER.
The added flights will run in parallel to Emirates’ regular services to Jeddah, which includes three daily flights. The service will be accessible to travellers holding a valid Umrah visa.
Adil Al Ghaith, senior vice president, Commercial Operations for Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “Performing Umrah during the month of Ramadan is a significant experience for Muslims and Emirates is helping to make the journey more seamless through convenient connections for the thousands of pilgrims looking to travel during this time. We thank the Saudi Arabian government and authorities for their support to introduce these extra frequencies during Umrah season.”
The carrier also announced that Emirates’ inflight entertainment systems, ice, will feature special religious programming during the busy Umrah season. The system features up to 3,500 channels of entertainment, as well as 238 dedicated channels for Arabic content.
For 2018, Emirates projects Umrah travellers to arrive predominantly from North Africa, Pakistan, US, UK, as well as South Africa.