ERL Operations Staff Returned Home After Secondment To The Makkah Metro Operations 2019 Hajj Season

Staff greeted by family members and colleagues

Kuala Lumpur, 20th August 2019 – Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL) today welcomed back its 28 staff who were sent to Saudi Arabia on 20th June 2019 after 2 months of providing operational support for the Al Mashaaer Al Muqadassah Metro or Makkah Metro during the Hajj season in a welcoming home session at Arrival Hall, Level 3, KLIA.

All 28 staff of ERL and ERL Maintenance Support Sdn Bhd (E-MAS) touched down safely in KLIA and were welcomed by Noormah Mohd Noor, Chief Executive Officer of ERL, Thomas Baake, Chief Executive Officer of E-MAS, ERL and E-MAS staff and most importantly, their family members.

This is the eighth year that ERL has been given the opportunity to become a part of the Makkah Metro operation that only operates seven days a year during the Hajj season. Connected to Makkah, Arafah, Muzdalifa and Mina, this rail service provides pilgrims with a safer and more comfortable pilgrimage.

In her speech, Noormah expressed her gratitude, “I would like to welcome everyone back and I am grateful that everyone is safe and healthy. We understand that being away from your families for 2 months is difficult and that this is a huge responsibility but I am proud to say that everyone did a good job. We hope that next year, we will be given the opportunity to support the Makkah Metro line again.”

Manpower Requirements
• 28 staff members and ERL were seconded to support the Makkah Metro Line operations this year for more than 2 months. The position that they were assigned included: Deputy Station Manager, Station Master, Assistant Station Master and Station Control Room Agent. They departed for Saudi Arabia on 20th June 2019 and returned Malaysia on 20th August 2019.

About Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd

Express Rail Link (ERL) is the operator of KLIA Ekspres service that connects Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA & KLIA2) and the city. The non-stop 57-km journey between KL Sentral and KLIA takes only 28 minutes. Passengers can also take a 3-minute ride between KLIA2 and KLIA. ERL has been recognised locally and internationally for consistently providing high standards in the air-rail service. ERL was named AirRail Link of the Year at the Global AirRail Awards in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. ERL won Project of the Year Award 2018 at the Global AirRail Awards (GARA) for its new trains. To date, ERL has carried more than 100 million passengers.

About ERL Maintenance Support Sdn Bhd (E-MAS)

ERL Maintenance Support Sdn Bhd (E-MAS) was established in 1999 to operate and maintain the ERL train system. E-MAS was awarded the ISO14001:2004 certification for Environmental Management System.

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