Malaysia is among the three countries chosen by the Government of Saudi Arabia to implement the EYAB pioneer project, an initiative to facilitate the return journey of the pilgrims to their respective home country, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The deputy prime minister said at a press conference after visiting the Tabung Haji (TH) office in Makkah on Thursday, that the pioneer project for Malaysia would begin with the return flight home for the pilgrims on August 18, and involving about 7,000 pilgrims on board 14 Malaysia Airlines flights.
She added that the latest Saudi initiative, which also involved pilgrims from Indonesia and India, would reduce the waiting period for the return journey of the pilgrims from six hours to four hours.
According to the Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA), a total of 33,000 Malaysian pilgrims, assisted by 640 TH staff, are expected to perform Hajj this year.
Wan Azizah said that through the EYAB project, a special departure lounge would be created at the Southern Terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport, which would enable departure procedures for the pilgrims concerned to be handled in a quick manner.
"The EYAB pioneer project is a continuation of the Makkah Route and its implementation will be extended to all flights carrying the Malaysian haj pilgrims in future, she said.
Source: International Islamic News Agency