NAHCON concludes post hajj airlifts, begins plan for 2023 


National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has concluded airlift of 2022 pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria.

NAHCON’s last flight for 2022 hajj, Azman Air, departed King Abdul Aziz International Airport Jeddah Sunday morning with 319 pilgrims from Kaduna and Kano.

The commission in a statement by its assists director, Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara, said the last flight was coming six days ahead of deadline for the hajj airlift as set by the Saudi authorities, and three days ahead of NAHCON’s planned deadline being 10th of August, 2022. 

For over three weeks of the operation, only two flights cancellation were recorded with maximum delay of six hours.

In a ceremony to mark the end of the operation, according to the statement, the NAHCON chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, attributed success of the return trip to Almighty Allah.

He thanked the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for his tireless support of the hajj organisation.

As contained in the statement, the chairman acknowledged that there were challenges during the outbound trip from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia resulting from time constraints as well as other unforeseen hiccups such as the IBAN issue that affected some tour operators. 

The statement reads: “He stressed that the commission would commence early planning and would embark on prequalification of airlines sooner than later to allow the carriers to cross any unforeseen hurdles in good time. He also stressed that the commission would ensure that any contractual agreement signed is fulfilled as agreed.”

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