Malappuram: The first batch of Haj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia from here on Saturday. Almost 300 pilgrims were seen off by Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed from the airport here.
The state Haj Committee had selected 8,229 pilgrims from 49,403 applicants this season. The committee has also provided an ATM and a SIM card to each pilgrim.
The pilgrims would travel by Saudi Airlines, which will operate 32 flight services till Oct 20. The pilgrims will return on Nov 16.