Hajj: NAHCON air­lifts 41,000 in 14 days, de­nies sus­pend­ing Fly­nas

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh, Saudi Ara­bia

The Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (NAHCON) said it has air­lifted 41, 568 pil­grims back home with 110 flights since Septem­ber 28 when it com­menced re­turn trips.

Be­sides, the com­mis­sion also de­nied sus­pend­ing the Fly­nas Air­line from air­lift­ing of pil­grims.

Com­mis­sioner of Oper­a­tions of the com­mis­sion Al­haji Ibrahim Modibbo Saleh said this yesterday in Makkah at a press con­fer­ence on op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties of the 2015 Hajj ex­er­cise.

He said the com­mis­sion has com­pleted the air­lift of Kwara and Gombe states pil­grims and that only about 150 pil­grims re­mained for Nasarawa State to com­plete its own air­lift.

Mean­while, spokesman of the com­mis­sion, Al­haji Uba Mana, said in a state­ment yesterday that re­ports that the leader of the Cen­tral Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee of this year’s hajj and Emir of Kano, Muham­madu Sanusi II has sus­pended Fly­nas was not true.

“The story is not true as no such ac­tion has been in­voked. What has hap­pened in tra­di­tion dur­ing hajj air­lift ex­er­cise where NAHCON re­served the right to call for in­ter­ven­tion flights, where it ob­serves chal­lenges on the part of any air­line in­volved in the oper­a­tions,” Uba said.

He said NAHCON di­rected Fly­nas to use sis­ter air­lines to com­ple­ment its oper­a­tions so as to re­cover lost flights and not to sub­ject the pil­grims to un­nec­es­sary de­lays in the holy land.

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