The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Thursday said that the airlifting of Nigerian pilgrims after this year’s Hajj will begin on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Concise News gathered that the head of Aviation at NAHCON, Engineer Mohammed Goni, disclosed this at pre-Arafat conference held in Mekkah, Saudi Arabia.
The head of Aviation urged officials from state Pilgrim Welfare Boards and agencies to cooperate with the commission and ensure that pilgrims do not carry multiple hand luggage.
Goni further stated that the first flight from Flynas Airline returning pilgrims to Lagos state will take off at “ 07:00 on the 17th of August”.
“States have to do much in this regard. Officials have to lead by example. If you don’t carry multiple hand luggage yourself, you stand a better chance of implementing the rule,” he said.
He also said time wasted on screening pilgrims with multiple hand luggage may affect the take-off time of a flight. “ When a flight is delayed, the others will be delayed as well,” he said.
Engr. Goni said based on the first flight schedule submitted by Flynas, the first four flights will carry Lagos pilgrims while the fifth will carry Kebbi State pilgrims.