Hajj 2024: NACHON airlifts 10,675 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has airlifted 10,675 pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as at 20th of May being Day 6 of 2024 hajj.

A statement by the NAHCON Assistant Director Public Affairs, Hajiya Fatima Usara, said FlyNas has transported 4,665 pilgrims followed by Max Air with 4,479 while Air Peace has so far conveyed 1,531 pilgrims within six days of operations.

The commission said so far, no flight cancellation has been recorded except for a flight delay that resulted in a time shift that affected the Kwara inaugural flight; moving it from 20th May, 2024 to early hours of Tuesday, 21st May.

NAHCON said Nasarawa state is the first to conclude airlift of its pilgrims totaling 1,794 for the 2024 hajj season. Oyo and Armed Forces are expected to conclude conveyance of their pilgrims Tuesday night with one leg each remaining.

The commission further said: “As we approach the second week of inbound flights into Saudi Arabia, states that are about to commence airlifting of their pilgrims include Kaduna, Yobe, Kano, Adamawa, Borno and Sokoto states. Plateau state pilgrims are slated to depart today as well.

“Pilgrims are advised to be calm and to take note that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has a policy of First-in-First-Out (FIFO) meaning return from Saudi Arabia to Nigeria will follow the same sequence of departure from Nigeria. Therefore, all pilgrims are expected to spend same estimated number of days in the Kingdom according to their time of conveyance.”

In another development, NAHCON said the initial challenge in the issuance of Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) to the pilgrims has been resolved. Each pilgrim is now entitled to 500 dollars cash as BTA as approved by NAHCON in place of a credit card.