Flying taxis to take off in Saudi Arabia this Hajj Season

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Saudi Arabia is always at the forefront of technological advancements, and this year that’s being taken to the next level. This Hajj Season we will see the debut of flying taxis in Saudi Arabia.

According to Saudi Gazette, Saudi Minister of Transport and Logistics Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser announced that the pilgrims will have the unique experience of benefiting from the service of flying taxis and drones during this year’s Hajj season. “These represent highly advanced modes of transportation including taxi applications.

Al-Jasser said that last year flying taxis would be tested during the Hajj season in the coming years. Prior to this, Saudi Arabian Airlines also revealed its plan to run flying taxis that would transport Hajj travellers from Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport to Makkah’s hotels. In order to provide the service, Saudia plans to purchase about 100 aircraft.

“The electric plane Lilium is one of the first aircraft that operates entirely on electric power. After completing the necessary arrangements, these planes will fly with the guests of God during Hajj and Umrah seasons from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to the airstrips in hotels near the Grand Mosque in Makkah,” Al-Jasser said. The new air taxis are small commercial aircraft that make short flights on demand.

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