First batch of pilgrims airlifted from Tamale Airport

| Updated Aug 06, 2018 at 5:13am


Library file


The first batch of Ghanaian pilgrims Hajj Pilgrimage has been airlifted July 4, 2018, at 12:30pm and 3:30pm from the Tamale International airport.

About 601 prospective pilgrims from the Northern region will be airlifted in two separate flights; Boeing 777 which is expected to carry about 360 passengers and Airbag 330 scheduled to airlift 241 passengers.

The Public Relation Officer, (PRO) for the Hajj board, Haruna Eliasu, speaking with Radio Ghana said preparations are far advanced to ensure a successful Hajj for 2018.

He said for the first time, the Hajj board had finished with the necessary documentation and visa processing for prospective pilgrims a week before the scheduled flights.

He indicated that the board this year has partitioned the day and flights according to the agents adding that this has been communicated to the various agents and their people.

Mr. Haruna stressed the move is to avoid overcrowding both at the Hajj village at the stadium and at the airport.

He said checking of necessary documentations and boarding will be done at the hajj village before the would be pilgrims are transported to the airport for onward airlifting.

He said the Hajj board has liaising with the security, Sanitation and medical teams for each to provide the necessary services to ensure a successful Hajj.

Mr. Haruna noted that accommodation has already been arranged with over 500 mattresses to take care of prospective pilgrims who are coming from far and near.

Also the board has ensure that all the taps are in good shape with water running all day.

Mobile toilets have also been secured and kept at vantage points for the pilgrims.

All these, the PRO stressed are to make them feel at home and go through the hajj processes without discomfort.

He said each batch of would be pilgrims will be given orientation with regards to the dos and Don's and how to stay safe and peaceful.

He said by Thursday July 9, 2018, all the over 2,600 prospective pilgrims from the Northern region would have been airlifted to the Holy

Filed by Joyce Kantam Kolamong