Alh. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing airlift of Nigerian pilgrims by carriers across the country.

The Chairman stated this on Friday during his inspection visit to the Hajj Terminal of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja to monitor the airlift operation of the second batch of Nasarawa pilgrims.

The Chairman who was accompanied on the visit by the Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh Idris Al-Makura, expressed delight at the pace and the quality of the aircraft deployed for the operation and expressed the hope that the airliners and the state boards would sustain the momentum.

“I am very happy with the way and manner we are going. I am really satisfied. I pray and hope that we continue in the same way and sustain the tempo we started with till the end.


“I am also particularly impressed with the quality and standard of the aircraft deployed which has many business class seats. It means that we can have many business class pilgrims on board the aircraft,” the Chairman was quoted in a statement by NAHCON’s Deputy Director in charge of Information and Publication, Mousa Ubandawaki.

It would be recalled that the flag-off/inauguration ceremony of the 2023 Hajj was held on Thursday with the airlift of the first batch of 470 Nasarawa state pilgrims by Max Air to Madina.

Over 1400 pilgrims have so far been airlifted to the Holy Land, comprising pilgrims from Nasarawa, Plateau and Benue states. Zamfara and Kwara state pilgrims are expected to be airlifted from Sokoto and Ilorin International airports by Air Peace and Flynas later on Friday night.