The second phase of Indonesian Haj pilgrims started landing in Jeddah with the arrival of a 455-strong contingent from Makasar’s Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in South Sulawesi.
The pilgrims were received by Indonesian deputy chief of mission to Saudi Arabia, Dicky Yunus and Indonesian consul general Mohamad Hery Saripudin at King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
As many as 529 Garuda Indonesia and Saudia flights are transporting the pilgrims, 296 of which are carrying a total of 120,500 passengers to Jeddah from 20 July 20 to 6 August.
More than 800 Haj personnel and officers from Indonesia Religious Affairs Ministry and 308 health-care professionals have been deployed to assist the pilgrims.
About 231,000 Indonesian pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year, including the additional quota 10,000 granted by King Salman. The increasing quota of the Indonesian Haj pilgrims aims to cut the waiting list, which is currently 40 years long.