32 new passport counters opened at Jeddah airport

32 new passport counters opened at Jeddah airport

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Maj. Gen. Solaiman Al-Yahya

JEDDAH — Director General of the Department of Passports (Jawazat) Maj. Gen. Solaiman Al-Yahya has opened 32 additional passport counters at the southern and northern terminals of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.

He asked passport officials to exert more efforts to complete passport procedures swiftly.

“We should effectively implement the directives of the leadership to extend consummate services to all passengers, including Haj and Umrah pilgrims,” he said.

Al-Yahya also inspected the counters for women run by female passport officials.

Director of airport’s Jawazat branch Col. Solaiman Al-Youssef said that about 50,000 passengers arrive at and depart from the Jeddah airport everyday.

He said state-of-the-art fingerprinting equipment has made it extremely easy to detect forged passports and visas.

9 COMMENTS

  1. CERTAINLY WELCOME NEWS. THE QUESTION IS HOW MANY WILL BE IN THEIR SEATS. THE PRESENT UMRAH SEASON ,THERE ARE SOME WHO TOOK NEARLY TEN HOURS TO GET
    TO MAKKAH.ONE MAY HAVE A GOOD FLIGHT,BUT THEN STARTS THE “DRAG”.AIRPORT
    CLEARANCE ,COLLECTING BAGGAGE AND THEN THE TRANSPORT TO MAKKAH.
    PILGRIMS ,WHO ARE CALLED “GUESTS OF ALLAH” ,PAY FOR EVERYTHING EXPECT
    THE AIR THEY BREATHE,BUT THAT TOO POLLUTED WITH “SMOKE”.I WISH TO
    SUGGEST THAT SPECIAL ATTENTION BE GIVEN TO ELDERLY AND DISABLED.

  2. Great! The impetuous seems to have come out of the 2015 ranking which placed Jeddah airport at third worst position in the world. Hopefully the authorities will uplift the standards of services. As pointed by others; in fact the anguish in passengers stems from the vacant counters or counters occupied by irresponsible and unprofessional persons who spend a good amount of time in using mobile phones, ordering and drinking Gawa and maintaining their Ghutras. The authorities should put a system in place that creates competitive atmosphere among the immigration staff. Their performance should be appraised on the basis of number of passengers dealt by them in a given time and their attitude towards the passengers. The employees with good performance should be encouraged through promotions and package enhancements; and the onse with poor performance and low conduct should face stringent punitive actions. After all, airports are the first and last impression of any country–and Jeddah airport, at the moment, presents terrible impression of Kingdom.

  3. Worst airport and service in the world I was with an elderly passenger who had to wait 3 hours in an umrah immigration queue with no where to sit next time I will bring a chair or maybe few

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