- Specialist pilgrimage service from Leeds
Bradford, Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands airports
Jet2.com,the leading leisure airline, increased its dedicated service for pilgrims
taking part in this year’s annual Hajj, with specialist departures from Leeds
Bradford International, Manchester, Birmingham and East Midlands airports.
dedicated Jet2.com programme transported over 2,000 passengers to
Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to take part in the Hajj, the world’s largest annual
pilgrimage. Operating a total of nine return trips, three from Leeds Bradford, four from Manchester, one from East
Midlands and one from new departure point Birmingham, Jet2.com provided the
only direct service from both Leeds Bradford and East Midlands Airports.
Ward, Passenger Sales Director of Jet2.com, commented: “Our specialist Hajj flights were extremely
popular last year and it is fantastic that we were again able to offer this
increased service from even more of our airport bases for 2011. We are very
keen to listen to the needs of our customers and are pleased again to be
working with Muslim community for dedicated flights from the North of
England during this important time for the pilgrims. Working closely with Sky-Fly Connections and PAK Travels, we are proud of our Hajj operation
and are confident that the route will continue to build on the success of last
year, the Hajj takes place from 4th to 9th November 2011
and is a demonstration of solidarity amongst the Muslim people in
their submission to Allah. It sees thousands of pilgrims converge on Mecca
to perform a series of prayer rituals. The pilgrimage is hugely important and
every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so is required to make the
journey at least once in their lifetime.
Muslim traditions, Jet2.com ensures that all catering for the special flights adheres
to Halal methods, no alcohol served on board and that cabin crew are sensitive
to the practice of prayer whilst in flight. Prayer facilities were also
made available in the airport terminal prior to departure. Jet2.com further increased
it’s already generous baggage allowance to 33kg, for pilgrims to bring back the
important Zam Zam holy water.
flights with Jet2.com were sold directly through Sky-Fly Connections for the
Leeds Bradford, Birmingham and Manchester departures. East Midlands departures were
sold directly through PAK Travels Ltd.