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THAI Arranges 15 Special Flights to Saudi Arabia for Hajj Pilgrimage 2019

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has arranged special flights for Thai Muslims to attend the Hajj Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with flights departing from Narathiwat Airport to Medina Airport, Saudi Arabia and flights departing from Suvarnabhumi Airport and Krabi International Airport. This year, THAI has arranged 15 special round trip flights to accommodate approximately 4,325 passengers who will participate in the pilgrimage. Mr. Anucha Mokkhavesa, Advisor to the Minister of Interior, presided over the ceremony, along with Mr. Ekkarat Leesen, Governor of Narathiwat, Mr. Arun Bunchom, Vice President of Islam Scholar Committee of Sheikhul Islam, Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, and members of THAI Management participated in the ceremony.

Mr. Sumeth Damrongchaitham, THAI President, said that THAI has arranged charter flights for Hajj pilgrims since 2005, in accordance to Cabinet decision for Ministry of Transport to arrange annual Hajj flights. In preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a representative from THAI participates as part of a subcommittee under the Hajj Committee of Thailand, which is overseen by the Ministry of Interior, with all arrangements based on agreements between the Thai Government and Saudi Arabia. THAI continues to place emphasis on the importance of passenger comfort and convenience, safety standards, and on-time flight departures. Furthermore, THAI’s HALAL kitchen will prepare inflight meals that will be served on board and all HALAL meals will be prepared in strict adherence to Islamic dietary requirements. THAI’s HALAL kitchen received HAL-Q certification for HALAL standards on all special flights.

In 2019, THAI is pleased to operate 15 roundtrip flights for approximately 4,325 passengers participating in the Hajj pilgrimage. A total of nine flights will depart from Narathiwat Airport, two flights from Krabi International Airport, and four flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport, with flights operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.  Details are as follows:

Departure Flight
•4-8 July 2019:
-Two flights per day between Narathiwat-Medina during 4-7 July 2019 or a total of eight flights
-One flight from Bangkok-Medina on 8 July 2019
•22-24 July 2019:
-Two flights per day between Krabi-Medina on 22 July 2019
-Two flights per day from Bangkok-Medina during 23-24 July 2019 or a total of four flights

Return Flight
•17-31 August 2019:
-Flights between Jeddah-Narathiwat during 17-26 August 2019 or a total of nine flights. Details are as follows:
-One flight on 17 August 2019
-Two flight on 19 August 2019
-One flight during 20-24 August 2019 or a total of five flights.
-One flight on 26 August 2019
-One flight per day between Jeddah-Krabi during 26-27 August 2019 or a total of two flights
-One flight per day from Jeddah-Bangkok during 28-31 August 2019 or a total of four flights

Passengers interested in traveling with THAI on the Hajj Pilgrimage may obtain more information on travel and procedures from the Hajj Organizer Association Southern Thailand or at THAI’s Sales Office in Larn Luang at Tel. 02-288-7367, THAI’s Sales Office in Hat Yai at Tel. 074-233-433, and THAI’s Sales Office in Krabi at Tel. 075-701-559 on Monday-Friday during 08:00-17:00 hours (closed on public holidays).

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