Cochin International Airport | Photo: Latheesh Poovathur
Nedumbassery: The state haj committee chairman C Mohammed Faizi informed that 7142 persons in the first list of haj pilgrims will be allowed to take flight from Nedumbassery.
Along with the 5393 pilgrims from Kerala, 1434 persons from Tamil Nadu, 148 persons from Lakshadweep and 113 Puducherry natives will set off for the pilgrimage from the Cochin International Airport. More Keralites may get chance in the vacancies available at the airports of other states.
The functioning of the state haj committee office will begin in the camp on May 31. Facilities to accommodate 1000 persons have been set up in the camp. 300 volunteers were appointed to take charge of the camp. The pilgrims will arrive here from June 3. The first haj flight has been scheduled to take off at 9 am on June 4. Each traveller can carry two bags weighing 20 kilogram each and a handbag with a maximum weight of 7 kilograms.
20 flights of Saudi Airlines have been scheduled from June 4 to 16 for haj pilgrimage from Nedumbassery. According to the current schedule, each flight has been reserved for the haj pilgrimage on June 4, 6, 7, 9, 13, 15, while two flights on June 5, 8, 10, 14 and three services on June 12 and 16.
The pilgrims, who arrive at Medina airport will head to Mecca after visiting the Prophet’s mosque. The accommodation will be arranged near Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina and near Aziziyah in Mecca. The pilgrims will return to Nedumbassery taking a flight from Jeddah airport.
Among the ten haj embarkation points in India, maximum number of pilgrims have registered at Nedumbassery airport.