Egypt Air official sources revealed that roughly 23 flights will arrive on Wednesday, carrying a total of 5000 Egyptian pilgrims from Saudi Arabia, after finishing performing Hajj.
Meanwhile, Medina, Jeddah and Cairo airports raised a state of alert for employees to help the pilgrims and solve any problems they encounter during the flights.
The pilgrims flights began to return back home on September 6 as a part of the Cairo-Jeddah air bridge, which will conclude on September 25.
EgyptAir managed so far to transfer 30,000 pilgrims from the Holy Land on 133 flights.
It is expected that the Airline Company will carry a total of 75,000 thousand Egyptian pilgrims to Cairo, after finishing performing Hajj, on 350 flight.
This year’s annual Hajj pilgrimage began on August 30 and concluded on September 4.
Noteworthy, this year, 91 Egyptian pilgrims died from exertion, hardship and old age.
Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the most holy city for Muslims, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey.
Muslim pilgrims often perform Umrah during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to Hajj, which is performed during the month of Dhul Hijjah, which is the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
In the Islamic calendar, Hajj begins on the eighth day of the Dhu al-Hijjah lunar month, and ends on the 13th day of Dhu al-Hijjah. The religious rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage, however, can be completed in five days.
Umrah and Hajj seasons are regulated by Saudi authorities to ensure that the holy sites and lodging in Makkah and Madinah are able to accommodate millions of visitors, which is needed for crowd control and avoid death cases.