The Airports of Thailand (AOT) is ready to facilitate Hajj pilgrims travelling to Mecca, Saudi Arabia this year, whose number is expected to reach 12,710 from Thailand alone.
According to AOT Acting President Nirandra Theeranartsin, Phuket and Hat Yai airports are now ready to serve Hajj pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia as the airports have already prepared security officers and necessary facilities from infirmaries, guest rooms, drinking water, prayer rooms and showers.
The AOT also has joined hands with the Department of Religious Affairs, provincial cultural offices and provincial Islamic panels to establish an operation centre at the west wing on the fourth floor of the passengers’ terminal for Hajj pilgrims who will be travelling from September to November this year.
About 12,710 pilgrims from Thailand are expected this year. In addition, Suvarnabhumi Airport will also arrange well-wishing ceremonies for pilgrims and facilitate their relatives coming to send their beloved ones at the airport.
As for Hat Yai Airport where 6,400 pilgrims will be using the facility in order to depart for Saudi Arabia, a multipurpose area has been arranged for check-in and immigration formalities while plans have been made to separate pilgrims travelling via normal flights from those taking chartered flights for their own convenience and for better air traffic.
Public and private units are also coordinating closely with the airport, including the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre, the provincial cultural office and Phuket Hospital to facilitate pilgrims.