Nigerian pilgrims to return from September 17

Hudu Yakubu, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, says it has completed arrangements to begin the airlift of Nigerian pilgrims from Saudi Arabia on September 17.

Speaking at a pre-Arafat meeting in Mecca, the Commissioner in charge of Operations at the commission, Abdullahi Saleh, said the return journey would begin with the airlift of pilgrims from Kwara and Kogi states.

He said the pilgrims from the two states would be flown by FlyNas airline.

Airport will be open on 17th September for airlift. We have got readiness on the part of at least one airline which is FlyNas airline.

We have got schedule of FlyNas as at today while others of Med-view and MaxAir are to follow suit soon.

We call on state leadership for collaboration, dialogue and consultation with operators. They should exercise patience and cooperate with the operators,” he said.

Nigeria for the first time concluded the airlift of all pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, five days before the Kingdom’s airspace closed for hajj operations.