The first batch of pilgrims embarking on this year’s Hajj from the three Northern Regions will be airlifted directly from the Tamale airport on August 20, 2016.
Official currier NAS AIR is expected to airlift about 1500 passengers in three folds from the Tamale airport before transporting those at the Hajj Village at the Kotoka International airport from 24th August to the 30th respectively.
According to the representatives of NAS AIR, they are offering 11 slots with the first three (3) flights taking off from the Tamale Airport and the remaining eight (8) flying from the Kotoka International Airport respectively.
President John Dramani Mahama last year promised to facilitate the airlifting of passengers directly from Tamale due to the numerous challenges they encounter at the Hajj Village in Accra each time they are traveling to Mecca.
The Hajj Committee has therefore encouraged prospective Pilgrims from the three Northern Regions to fast track their payments so that their traveling processes could be given priority regarding visa issuance and other related matters for a smooth exercise.
“The first three flights from the Tamale Airport are expected to airlift a total of 1500 passengers with 500 passengers on each flight. The flight schedule will then continue in Accra from the 24th August to the 30th August respectively”, it revealed