Cairo International Airport will receive today، Friday at least 17 flights، carrying a total of 3557 Egyptian pilgrims from Saudi Arabia، after finishing performing Umrah during Ramadan.
Cairo International Airport sources revealed that the Airline Company formed a public relations team to finish the pilgrim's departure procedures upon their arrival at the airport's seasonal hall to speed their departure.
The Airport Authorities declared on June 12 a state of emergency in the airport in preparations for Eid al-Fitr holidays، and for the home flights of Egyptian pilgrims، who is returning home from the holy lands after performing Umrah، which starts from June (12-30).
Head of the Cairo port company، Accountant Majdi Ishaq called on the workers to complete the pilgrim's arrival procedures، especially since the Umrah season coincides with Eid al-Fitr holidays and the return of Egyptians working abroad.
He stressed on all the participating parties to increase the employee numbers to end the procedures of pilgrims and other passengers and to eliminate any congestion or problems that occur during the home flights.
Egypt Air sources revealed on June 6 that the company is preparing for Egyptian pilgrims to begin returning home from the holy lands after performing Umrah، starting from June (12-30).
The return flights are scheduled to witness the arrival of about 25 flights a day، making overall total 450 flights returning to the airports of Cairo، Luxor، Burj Al Arab، the sources added.
EgyptAir Airline managed to transport about 45،000 pilgrims on roughly 450 flights during the month of Ramadan to Jeddah and Medina.
Noteworthy، Muslim pilgrims often perform Umrah during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar، Ramadan، in Mecca، Saudi Arabia، which can be undertaken at any time of the year، in contrast to Hajj، which is performed during the month of Dhul Hijjah، which is the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Umrah and Hajj seasons are regulated by Saudi authorities to ensure that the holy sites and lodging in Makkah and Madinah are able to accommodate millions of visitors، which is needed for crowd control and avoid death cases.
Performing Umrah is neither imperative nor obligatory، but it is a privilege and performing it even once in a lifetime can bring a pilgrim great rewards، according to Muslim Aid.
Though a smaller scale pilgrimage than Hajj، Umrah is just as sacred and just as impressive.
It is also a more flexible option for those struggling with certain commitments and time or financial constraints.
Unlike Hajj، you don't have a fixed time or date by which you have to perform Umrah. You can complete it at any time of year، either in conjunction with Hajj (Umrat al-tammatu) or independent of it (al-Umrat al mufradah).
However، if you want to complete Umrah in its own right، you will need to wait for Hajj is over.
There are certain rites to perform as part of Umrah، such as entering a state of Ihram، completing Tawaf of Ka'bah، and Sa'yee between the hills of Safa and Marwah. However، you don't have to visit Mina، Arafat or Muzdalifa as you do in Hajj، and you don't have to practice Qurbani.