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Government of India
Ministry of Civil Aviation
24-August-2012 17:26 IST
Haj Flights

Air travel arrangements by charter flights have been made for 1,25,000 pilgrims going on Haj through Haj Committee of India. The Haj Charter flights would be operated from 21 airports in India to Jeddah/ Madina in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Air India and Saudi Arabian Airlines have been selected through tendering process to operator the charter flights.

A few complaints like non receipt of baggage, delay in operation of flights, delay in providing refreshment/hotel accommodation etc. were received for Haj flights during previous years.

Gradual reduction/abolition of subsidy on air travel of Haj pilgrims is under consideration of the Government. In order to reduce cost of air travel, the airlines are being selected through tendering process and the fare charged from pilgrims is also being increased gradually.

This information was given by the Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Ajit Singh in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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