Flight Operations To Jeddah And Madinah For Hajj


Flight Operations to Jeddah and Madinah for Hajj

Yaman Al Husary | - 05/17/2024
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Flight Operations to Jeddah and Madinah for Hajj – Expected to begin on Friday, June 14 and conclude on Wednesday, June 19, the annual Hajj pilgrimage will see an influx of traffic at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.

Parking will be limited during the Hajj period and operators are advised to reserve handling as early as possible.

Here’s what operators need to know to plan Hajj operations to Jeddah and Madinah.

King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA)

  1. IATA Code: JED
  2. ICAO Code: OEJN
  3. Latitude/ Longitude:  21.670233 / 39.150578
  4. Magnetic Variation: 3° E
  5. Elevation: 48 ft.
  6. Fuel type: JET A1
  7. Time Zone Info: GMT + 3 hours

Operational Information for KAIA 

  • Slots are necessary for scheduled and non-scheduled flights at international airports
  • Application in SCR format should be sent to slots@airportcoordination.org
  • Air carrier’s schedules must be submitted to Airport Coordination Australia (ACA) slots@airportcoordination.org (in Excel format)
  • Be sure to include the date, flight number, type of aircraft, seating capacity, call sign, and aircraft registration in both phases for each flight
  • A separate operation agreement with GACA must be signed prior to slot requests

Operational Information for Madinah

  • Slot allocation requests must be submitted to the airport authority by sending a standard SCR message to SITA address: MEDPAXH
  • Alternatively, the air carriers may send their requests by email (medslotteam@tibahairports.com) or through Tel: +966-14-8138040
  • Slots are valid for three hours

Obtaining landing permits at Jeddah and Medina 

  • For air carriers operating at the Kingdom HAJ charter operation, requests must be submitted through the authorized agent
  • Carriage of pilgrims will be shared equally on a 50/50 basis between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and those countries for state pilgrims in accordance with the specific Hajj quota in the agreements
  • These rules apply to all requests whether owned or leased aircraft operates flights

Required documents:

  1. Acceptance of Security Program (AOSP)
  2. Foreign Operator Authorization (FOA)
  3. Bank Guarantee (Returning Pilgrims)
  4. Bank Guarantee (Housing and Catering Expenses)
  5. Flight Schedule
  6. Air Carrier Updating Information
  7. Air Carrier Representative Information

Air carriers conducting an operation with a leased aircraft should obtain the required technical permits from GACA. A copy of the aircraft lease agreement must be submitted.

Private Flights 

Private aviation operations looking to obtain landing permits at Jeddah and Madinah require the following:

  • Airworthiness review certificate
  • Noise certificate
  • Valid Insurance certificate
  • Registration certificate
  • Radio License
  • Crew and passenger GD

For support with your operations to Jeddah or Madinah, contact UAS 

To stay up to date with the latest operational information, visit UAS Blog