dedicated Hajj flights have successfully operated from Leeds
Bradford, Manchester and East Midlands airports to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Jet2.com
has carried over 2000 pilgrims to take part on this year’s annual Hajj – the
world’s largest annual pilgrimage, which takes place this year from 14th to
The first Jet2.com Hajj flights departed bound
for Mecca on 1st November. The Leeds Bradford and East Midlands Jet2.com
flights are the only direct services from these airports. Jet2.com
is operating a total of 10 return trips - five from Leeds Bradford, four
from Manchester and one from East Midlands, representing more than 300%
increase on last year’s hugely successful service, which saw three flights
leave from Leeds.
Philip Meeson, boss of Jet2.com commented: "We
are delighted that we have successfully carried the pilgrims on this important
journey. Working closely with Sky-Fly Connections and PAK Travels, we are proud
of our Hajj offering and are confident that the route is continuing to build on
the success of last year’s operation."
Pilgrims flying on Hajj flights with Jet2.com
enjoy catering that adheres to Halal methods and the aircraft crew are
sensitive to the practice of prayer whilst in flight. Also for the Hajj
flights Jet2.com has also increased the already generous baggage
allowance of 22kg for pilgrims to bring back Zam Zam holy water.
Hajj flights with Jet2.com
were booked through Sky-Fly Connections for the Leeds Bradford and Manchester
departures and Pak Travels for the East Midlands departures.