FG approves three airlines for 2024 Hajj pilgrims

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  • Also approved are three other air cargo companies that will airfreight pilgrims’ excess luggage.
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The Federal Government has officially granted approval to three airlines to serve as exclusive carriers for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage

The airlines are Air Peace Ltd., FlyNas and Max Air, according to a press statement on Friday night by Fatima Sanda Usara,Assistant Director, Public Affairs, NAHCON.

She added that “Also approved are three other air cargo companies that will airfreight pilgrims’ excess luggage. They are Cargo Zeal Technologies Ltd, Nahco Aviance and Qualla Investment Limited.

“The approval reinforces Government’s commitment to ensuring a seamless and secure pilgrimage experience for Nigerian intending pilgrims. Consequently, the Federal government concurrently approved allocation of pilgrims from various states to each of the approved airlines as follows:

i.​Air Peace is to transport intending pilgrims from:  Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Imo, Kwara, Ondo and Rivers.
ii.​FlyNas will airlift Muslim pilgrims from: Borno, Lagos, Osun, Ogun,Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe  and Zamfara.
iii. ​Max Air with the highest allocation will be responsible for moving pilgrims from: Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Oyo, Taraba, Kaduna, Armed Forces, Gombe, Jigawa and Plateau

“The allocation of pilgrims to the airlines was in line with the subsisting Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia  on airlift of pilgrims under government quota. However, state governments may choose to designate any of the approved freight companies to convey their pilgrims’ excess luggage. Should any state enter such exclusive arrangement, the decision should be communicated to the Commission accordingly.”

In another development, Usara said the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, is set to lead a delegation from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to partake in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage on 7th January 2024.

She pointed out Malam Jalal Ahmad , NAHCON  Chairman congratulated the approved airlines on their selection and called on them to gear up to facilitating smooth pilgrimage in 2024 season, adding that NAHCON remains dedicated to upholding the highest standards in pilgrimage organization, with a focus on the safety and satisfaction of pilgrims.

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