Amal, a special charter service of Malaysia Airlines has announced it is adjusting its twice-daily flights between Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Jeddah (JED) and Madinah (MED) to transport its passengers who are already in Saudi Arabia, the company said.
Saudi Arabia suspended visas for visits to Islam´s holy sites for the “umrah” pilgrimage, in response to fears triggered by the coronavirus. The kingdom, which hosts millions of pilgrims every year in the cities of Mecca and Medina, also suspended visas for tourists from countries with reported infections.
Amal caters specifically to umrah pilgrimages to Islam´s holiest sites.
Malaysia Airlines said 10 flights will be mounting within the next 10 days
Due to the flight adjustments, Malaysia Airlines said some passengers may be required to depart from a different city and or may experience travel delays.
The Malaysian consulate general in Jeddah said all flights transporting Malaysian pilgrims home from Jeddah and Madinah will operate as usual.
Saudi Arabia´s Foreign Ministry had on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily suspend entry of visitors into the kingdom for the purpose of umrah and visiting the Prophet´s Mosque, as a proactive measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection.