Saudi Arabia prepares to use flying taxi in Hajj seasons

Saudi Airlines is set to revolutionize the pilgrimage experience by introducing flying taxis for the transportation of guests between Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz Airport and Makkah Hotels. 

The Lilium electric aircraft has been chosen as the primary mode of transportation for this ambitious project. This cutting-edge vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air vehicle is one of the first of its kind and is powered entirely by electric propulsion.

The decision to use Lilium aircraft underlines Saudi Arabia’s commitment to embracing sustainable and eco-friendly technologies.

The Director General of Corporate Communication at the Saudi Group and its official spokesperson, Engineer Abdullah Al-Shahrani, clarified, “The Lilium electric aircraft is one of the first vertical take-off and landing eVTOL air vehicles and operates on full electric power. It will transport four to six passengers,” according to

This initiative not only reflects Saudi Arabia’s commitment to leveraging advanced technologies for the benefit of pilgrims but also showcases the nation’s dedication to making the pilgrimage experience smoother and more accessible.

The flying taxis are expected to provide a swift and comfortable means of transport, reducing travel time and congestion during peak pilgrimage seasons.

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