MADINAH: Work is undergoing at Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah to ensure preparedness with the arrival of a large number of pilgrims and visitors to perform Umrah and visit the Prophet’s Mosque.
Airport officials have reached out to operating parties to ensure preparedness of the plan to facilitate arrivals and departures of more than 750,000 travelers during Ramadan and beyond, which is being overseen by the operating company, TIBAH.
Senior Airport Authority Director Engineer Waled Abu Anaq said comprehensive plans for the heavy travel period during the month of Ramadan include preparation of arrival and departure halls, provision of all equipment necessary, and operation of all banking equipment at the airport to dispense foreign currencies from official banks in the arrivals hall.
All service counters for Umrah passengers have been operated at Haj halls specializing in the arrivals and departures of Umrah passengers on international flights, in coordination with the Passports and Customs Departments, Umrah company offices, and under the supervision of the branch of the Ministry of Haj and Umrah in Madinah.
All airline offices in the departure halls have also been prepared to facilitate services, as have all security and inspection points. Umrah flights have been rescheduled as well to ensure facilitated and organized movement inside the departure halls and air space.
General Director of Airport Authority Engineer Mohammed Al-Fadel said the operational plan for Ramadan is being implemented in coordination with the operations company and specialized government authorities. The plan takes into account the safety, security, and comfort of passengers by taking specific measures to increase the level of coordination and follow-up by all authorities working at the airport.
The aim, he said, is to reduce the time needed to complete departure and arrival procedures for Umrah passengers and visitors, while guaranteeing the best maintenance and safety environment at the airport.
“The operational plan for the month of Ramadan includes coordination in movement of passengers around the clock, as per the operational plan, in order to facilitate the arrival and departure of more than 750,000 passengers on 1,600 international Umrah flights on various airlines, in addition to receiving regularly scheduled international and domestic flights,” he said.
He said all counters at the Haj plaza halls have been prepared to service passengers throughout the month, noting that the airport’s staff has been well prepared and trained to complete all procedures for the arrival and departure of passengers in record time.