2023 hajj: NAHCON, local airlines sign agreement

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the four Nigerian Airlines approved for the airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the 2023 hajj finally laid the truce with the signing of the 2023 Hajj Airlift Agreement between the two parties.

The four airlines, Air Peace, Azman Air Services, Aero Contractor and Max Airline last week refused to sign the agreement over the fare, especially with the ongoing war in Sudan.

A statement by NAHCON deputy director, Information and Publications, Mousa Ubandawaki, Tuesday said the agreement was signed in the boardroom of the Hajj House, in Abuja.

As contained in the statement, NAHCON chief executives officer and chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, praised the patriotic zeal of the Airlines for their sacrifices in the face of the challenge posed by the Sudan crisis.

The statement read in part “We are not unmindful of the challenge posed by the closure of the Sudan airspace to your hajj operation, however, I wish to appeal to your conscience and sense of patriotism not to further burden the pilgrim with additional costs or changes.”

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