Mir Firasath Ali Baqri Editor The Yam Times:
The Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar Al-Abadi said Najaf International Airport is granting visas for free to all passengers taking part in the Arbaeen pilgrimage upon an order for Arba’een,
marks the passage of 40 days after the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain a.s. along with his 72 companions in the battle of Karbala in 680 AD. With around 20 million pilgrims expected to take part this year in Arba’een Pilgrimage in Iraq, the event is recorded as the most populous gathering in the world. Officials here also told THE YAM TIMES that the number of flights is constantly on the rise since first of December and is expected to hit 92 flights per day on Arbaeen. Officials at Najaf International Airport tell THE YAM TIMES that the number of flights they’re expecting this year could top 2000 with over 350,000 visitors coming to mark Arba’een ceremonies. Security officials have therefore, tried to improve performance and take emergency measures to welcome the passengers. Najaf airport is currently expanding its capacity to handle 6 million visitors and up to 100 flights per day. Officials have also confirmed to THE YAM TIMES that some 40 percent of the arriving visitors through Najaf airport are from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Najaf international airport is considered to be a very strategic airport and is known to take in a large number of Arbaeen pilgrims. However, it remains to be just one of many entrances for Arba’een pilgrims.