SpiceJet announced the successful conclusion of its special Haj flights for 2022. The last batch of pilgrims from Jeddah via Fujairah arrived in Srinagar on August 3. SpiceJet was the only Indian airline to operate Haj flights this year.
A total of 40 flights were operated with more than 5500 pilgrims undertaking the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. SpiceJet’s 737 aircraft was deployed for these special flights.
The first leg of the special flights to Medina was operated from Srinagar airport between 5th and 20th June 2022. The return journey of pilgrims from Jeddah to Srinagar began on 15th July and was completed on August 3. The first special Haj flight with 145 passengers on-board a Boeing 737-800 was flagged off from Srinagar airport on 5th June 2022. Shri. Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, had joined the launch event virtually.
SpiceJet has in the past operated special Haj flights from Gaya and Srinagar, ferrying around 19,000 pilgrims to and from the holy pilgrimage. The operation of special Haj flights was resumed this year after a hiatus of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.