Madinah airport ready for influx of pilgrims during last nights in Ramadan

June 21, 2017 Ali Sajaad

Madinah airport is gearing up to receiving hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and worshippers who are planning on performing prayers in these last few days of Ramdan.

There has been a sharp increase in the amount of pilgrims who visited Saudi Arabia for Umrah this year as Ramadan has coincided with the summer vacation in the Arab and Islamic World.

Saudi gazette has reported that Maj. Gen. Khaled Al-Howaish, director of the Passports Department, said his organization has mobilized its resources to ensure pilgrims receive a great service. The department has been provided with advanced information technology facilities. 

“We have got instructions from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, to facilitate the arrival and departure of the guests of God who visit Madinah during the holy month,” he told Al-Madina.

“We, the officers at Jawazat, consider our services to the guests of God as a greater honor,” he added.

Brig. Badr Bin Maayouf Al-Motairy, director of Passports at Madinah airport, said the department has deployed adequate number of officers at the airport to speed up immigration procedures. “Our officers are trained and advised to deal with passengers in the best manner.”

Immigration officers take biometric information of foreign pilgrims and check their passports and visas.

“During the last three days the airport has received more than 200,000 pilgrims who came to perform Umrah and attend special Ramadan prayers,” he pointed out.

The new Madinah airport has 88 immigration counters including 30 at the arrival lounge, 26 at the departure lounge in addition to 32 counters which will be opened during the peak days of the season when a large number of pilgrims visit Madinah.