Hajj flight from Ctg airport begins Friday

  • Hajj flight from Ctg airport begins Friday

Hajj flight from Ctg airport begins Friday

The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on Wednesday, said it had transported 672 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year's hajj.

Neither of the airlines had to cancel any flight due to shortage of passengers.

Aiming to carry a total of 1.27 lakh pilgrims, Biman yesterday sought permission from the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia to operate 20 additional dedicated hajj flights, Saiful Islam, director of Ashkona Hajj Camp told The Daily Star.

On Tuesday, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said more than 40,000 pilgrims may not perform Hajj this year owing to visa processing problem.

Abdullahi, who said the intending pilgrims were transported by Med-View Airline, adding that the first flight carried 452 pilgrims while the second carried 220.

However, the pilgrims are allowed access to the kingdom via two designated airports: King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport in Medina and can fly into the kingdom on all flights other than Qatar Airways, the country's national carrier.

According to a Ghana News Agency report, Dr. Bawumia noted that this year's Hajj was certainly impressively planned and thanked the board for implementing systems to ensure the the journey will be successful. "Legal actions, including cancellation of licenses, will be taken against them", Motiur Rahman, minister of religious affairs said at a press briefing at the Ministry. Getting visas for the rest of the pilgrims are underway, he also said.

Abdul Quader, owner of Iqra Travels and Tours, said Bangladeshi Hajj agencies could not reach Saudi Arab on time, and India and Pakistani Hajj agencies took the opportunity to book Category C Moallem quota.

Addressing the participants, the Northern Regional Commander of the GIS, Chief Superintendent Mr Noah Kwame Ahomka Yeboah, said 3,500 pilgrims were expected to be flown directly from the Tamale Airport to Jedda, Saudi Arabia. The National Commissioner in charge of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim disclosed this in Ilorin, the KWARA state capital while answering questions on a Radio KWARA personality interview programme Playing Host.

Menon said 92,000 hajj pilgrims have submitted their passports to the Saudi Embassy for visas to perform hajj this year.