KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19, 2015:
There will be no stranded Tabung Haji (TH) pilgrims as additional flights have been arranged for them.
The flights were made possible with the help of Saudi Arabia, TH and Malaysia Airline Berhad (MAB).
Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said they would use the Airbus A380 to bring back the pilgrims leaving for the holy land until Sept 20.
“The KT69 flights will leave tomorrow at noon to add an additional 2,100 pilgrims to the haj congregation.
“Therefore, there will be no pilgrims who will be stranded,” he said in a press statement today.
He said TH and MAS had managed to prepare an A380 that can fit 489 passengers.
“This is the first time such a flight is being used for TH to send pilgrims to perform their haj in Mecca.
“TH would like to thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Saudi Arabia government for obtaining permission to land for MAB.
“Tabung Haji wishes all the pilgrims to pray for the welfare of Malaysia, TH and MAB.”
This year, 22,320 people have been sent to perform their pilgrimage.
Bernama reported Abdul Azeez as saying the government had obtained an additional quota of 2,100 Muassasah haj pilgrims, courtesy of the Saudi Arabian government and had carried out several flights since last Wednesday.
He told the news agency the original quota of 22,320 Muassasah haj pilgrims were in good health in Mecca.