SEPANG, June 22 2018 : The first hajj flight this year is scheduled on July 14 while the last flight is on August 15.
Tabung Haji (TH) group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Johan Abdullah said the return flights would depart from Aug 29 until Sept 25.
“(There will be) a total of 81 special chartered flights for this year’s hajj operations, using 40 aircraft from Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) and 41 from Flynas.
“The type of aircraft to be deployed is A380 for MAB, while Flynas (will operate its) B747 and A330,” he said at a briefing session of 1439H Haj operations at TH Complex here today.
Johan said the haj quota for this year remained at 30,200 people with the cost of each pilgrim maintained at RM9,980 despite the overall cost of pilgrimage increasing by 15 per cent to RM22,250 from RM19,550 last year.
The hajj operations this year would mark a new milestone with the opening of TH’s new complex here for pilgrims from the Klang Valley and its neighbouring states, to replace the Kelana Jaya TH Complex (KJTHC) which has been operating for 36 years since 1982, he said.
Johan added that the new complex, to be launched on July 13, is strategically located about 10 minutes drive to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), compared to an hour from KJTHC.
The bigger departure halls there would provide comfort for the pilgrims as it could accommodate passengers from two flights to be handled simultaneously rather than just one at KJTHC, he said.
About 600 TH personnel will be involved in this year’s hajj operations. – Bernama