Despite high airfares this time of the year, many expatriates and locals are still traveling abroad for their Eid Al-Fitr holidays. As a result airports across the Kingdom have experienced a huge rush of travelers over the last ten days of Ramadan.

King Fahd International Airport in Dammam has seen a huge exodus of expatriates who are going home to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr.

Foreign airline sources said that the rush has been high compared to last year.

High airfares have not reduced the number of holidaymakers traveling abroad. Airlines operating from Dammam to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Egypt, Sudan and Lebanon – the most in-demand destinations during Eid holidays – have hiked fares by 20 percent.

While expatriates are traveling to spend the Eid holidays with family and relatives back home, Saudi nationals are traveling to tourist destinations.

Meanwhile, King Fahd International Airport has urged passengers to strictly adhere to guidelines related to airport access and baggage. New notice boards are fixed at the screening machines reading “Entry for passengers only”.

“Overweight baggage is a safety concern for our baggage handlers, hence passengers should try to ensure the weight of their baggage is within the limits,” said an official at the check-in counter of Emirates airlines.

Passengers with overweight baggage will invariably be asked to repack. In line with international guidelines, no individual piece of baggage exceeding 30 kg will be accepted. In addition all checked baggage must be screened by X-Ray machines at the entry point to the departures terminal. Individual pieces of hand baggage must not exceed seven kilograms, although at times a concession of one or two kilograms is allowed.

Any liquids, gels or aerosols carried in hand baggage must be in bottles of no more than 100 milliliters each, otherwise these will be confiscated at the security checkpoint. Passengers are also advised to seal these items in transparent plastic bags measuring no more than 20-by-20 cm before placing them in their hand baggage, the official added.

Passengers are also strongly advised to arrive at the airport well in advance of their departure time.
Source: The Saudi Gazette