The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Friday in Abuja disclosed that it had concluded arrangements to commence the transportation of 2022 intending pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 9.
Hassan announced that the three air carriers that were approved by the Federal Government through the commission were the Azman Air, Max Air, and Flynas (Saudi Arabia designated airline).
He urged the airlines to give quality service in line with the standard known in the aviation industry and treat all pilgrims as very important personalities.
According to him, by the projection of the commission on June 9, the 2022 Hajj inaugural flight of Nigeria will head to Madina.
” For us today is indeed historic because is the beginning of the hajj operation of 2022. It is clear to all of us that without flight there can be no Hajj for people living outside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
” Intending pilgrims must get to Saudi Arabia before they can perform hajj. For that reason, the flight is key and very important.
” We also hope that those air carriers who didn’t succeed this year will have a better time some other time,” he said.
Earlier, the NAHCON Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Hardawa, described the event as an epoch after almost three years without Hajj.
He congratulated the successful carriers while urging them to see their selection as a challenge to do their best.
The commission disclosed that the commission had created an aviation monitoring committee saddled with the responsibility of monitoring their performances.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that seven airlines; Max Air, FlyNas, Azman Air, Med-View Airline, Skypower Express, Westlink Airlines, and Arik Air, applied for screening.
After rigorous exercise, those selected ranked the best three whose names were forwarded to the presidency for approval before sealing the contract agreement.
States allocated to specific airlines are as follows: Max Air is to airlift pilgrims from 13 states namely Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, and Taraba.
While Azman Air is entrusted with the transportation of pilgrims from 16 states and the Armed Forces.
The states are Kano, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, and Yobe.
Meanwhile, FlyNas would airlift pilgrims from Edo, FCT- Abuja, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara- making eight states.
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