WorldStage Newsonline-- The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that over 75,000 Muslim pilgrims were airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj.
In statement signed by the general manager, in charge of public affairs, Mr Fan Ndubuoke, NCAA said the exercise which was hitch free and adjudged success took 166 flight operations by the designated airlines including Medview Airlines, Max Air, Meridian Airlines and Kabo Air.
It said :" Over 75,000 pilgrims were airlifted in the 2013 Hajj Operation in an exercise which was largely hitch free and has been adjudged as successful. All the Pilgrims were airlifted in a total of 166 flight operations.
“There were 135 outbound operational flights to Saudi Arabia and a corresponding 131 inbound flights from the holy land. The airlift commenced on the 14th September, 2013 and the final inbound flight to Nigeria’s shores landed on the 14th of November, 2013.
“This is approximately five (5) days to the appointed time for the Saudi authorities to officially close the airport for this year’s hajj exercise. The closure was earmarked for the 19th October, 2013.