Turkish Airlines carries 6,000 Malian pilgrims for Hajj

Turkish Airlines carries 6,000 Malian pilgrims for Hajj

DAKAR- Anadolu Agency
Turkish Airlines carries 6,000 Malian pilgrims for Hajj

Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines flew 6,000 Malian Muslims to Saudi Arabian cities Jeddah and Madina by direct flights for their Islamic pilgrimage.

Turkish Airlines Financial Office Director Serkan Özbüyükyörük told Anadolu Agency on Aug. 18 Turkish Airlines won this year’s hajj transportation bid held by the Malian Ministry of Religious Affairs and Worship.

Özbüyükyörük said 6,000 Malian Muslims were flown to Jeddah and Madina by direct flights from Mali.

In addition, almost 1,000 Muslims from Burkina Faso, Niger and Guinea used Mali as a hub and reached these holy lands by direct or connecting flights in Istanbul.

Last year, Turkish Airlines carried 68.6 million passengers with a 79.1 percent seat occupancy rate.

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