Lion Air serves haj pilgrims from 25 airports in Asia, Africa
The Jakarta Post
Indonesia’s biggest private airline, Lion Air, has prepared eight aircraft to fly haj pilgrims to Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina in Saudi Arabia from 25 airports in Asia and Africa.
Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandalah Prihantoro said in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday that the company had prepared three Airbus A330-300, two Boeing 737-900ER and three 737 MAX 8 planes for haj transportation.
The planes can carry a total of 835 passengers to the holy land, he added.
Danang explained that the airline would serve haj pilgrims from several countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan, through a charter partnership scheme with an international company.
He declined to mention the name of the company.
He explained that Lion Air would use King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Medina as bases for its haj operations.
This year, the haj runs from Aug 19 to 24. (ris/bbn)
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