Hajj passengers advised to arrive early

2013-09-20 11:13
Cape Town - Cape Town International Airport is advising pilgrims heading for Mecca to arrive early to avoid any departure delays during the September Hajj period.

Airports Company South Africa, Cape Town International Airport (Acsa CTIA) said in a statement that it has been working closely with South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) as well the South African Tour Operators Association (SATOA) to ensure that this process is smooth for all airport users. The airport has already facilitated more than 800 pilgrims for domestic and international travel during September.

“We would like to urge passengers to arrive early for the check-in process and also take advantage of the online check-in facility offered by their airline,” said Deborah Francis, acting Communications Manager at Cape Town International Airport.

“Passengers using the online check-in service should allow themselves enough time to drop off their luggage with their airlines. We encourage pilgrims and other passengers to be at the airport at least three hours prior to their international flights and two hours prior to their domestic flight,” added Francis.

Acsa also advised family dropping off passengers at the airport to make use of mosques in their areas as the prayer facility offered by the airport has limited space.

“The airport ensures that there are contingencies in place for peak periods such as enough staff at check-in and security points for domestic and international departures,” said Francis.

Those travelling with medication are advised to please ensure they carry their prescriptions with them.

“The airport would also like to remind passengers to also be mindful of the LAGS (liquids, perfume), Aerosols (deodorant), and Gels (lotion, shaving creams) rules. Passengers are only allowed to carry containers that have a maximum capacity of 100ml each,”  said Francis.
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