PROCEDURES have been put in place at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) to make travel easier for Haj pilgrims, according to a top official.
Actual preparations for the season began in July last year which involved checking visas for the international pilgrims departing from BIA.
“The first group of pilgrims departed from the airport on Tuesday,” said Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) company passenger services senior manager Mohammed Janahi.
He said the company would deal with 5,625 pilgrims from Bahrain, including 430 residents, who are under 58 licensed local operators.
Mr Janahi pointed out that BAS has been in contact with the operators and their organisers to arrange travel procedures, including pre-checkup of bags and passports as well as issuing boarding passes to ease the travel process.
The Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry has said that August 15 is the last date for the departure of Haj campaigns from BIA.