Mangalore, August 27: This year, The Air India Express flight carrying the first batch of Haj pilgrims took off from Mangalore International Airport on Wednesday August 27th.

The State minister for infrastructure development, information and Haj Roshan Baig flagged off the first flight of Haj pilgrims at the airport, in the presence of health minister U T Khadar, MLAs J R Lobo and Mohiuddin Bava, former minister B A Moidin and others.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Baig said that this was the first flight from the state carrying Haj pilgrims this year. The first flight with Haj pilgrims from Bangalore will depart on September 12th.

Five batches of Haj pilgrims will leave from the city in evening flights, from Thursday August28th to September1st. From Bangalore, 16 batches will leave for Haj between September 12th and September 27th.

64 men and 66 women all together 130 pilgrims left on August 27th from Mangalore.

Roshan Baig also revealed that 5000 pilgrims have registered from the state this year, 700 among them are from Mangalore.

The MLA J R Lobo revealed that Kuwait-Mangalore flight will restart 700 from October 27th onwards.

Courtesy: kannadiga world