Pilgrims who left Ghana for the holy religious exercise in Saudi Arabia will start arriving in the country on September 22, 2016 according to the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG).
Return scheduled flights will begin from September 22, and the last flight is October 2, respectively with the first 4 flights expected to arrive at the Tamale International Airport from September 22-25 respectively.
The religious exercise itself begins on September 10 and ends on September 16.
Meanwhile the has Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana apologized to failed pilgrims who were left stranded for days at the Airport and were unable to be airlifted to Saudi Arabia for hajj pilgrimage this year due to what the Committee says is circumstances beyond its control.
Interacting with them, Chairman of the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tanko Ibrahim expressed his personal worries regarding what his office had to go through as a challenge which affected key Hajj Stakeholders such as would-be Pilgrims and Hajj Agents.
Alhaji Tanko indicated that the PAOG per Ghana’s quota of 5424 this year, scheduled eleven flights (11) to airlift Ghanaian Pilgrims which was done successfully from August 19-30 respectively.
However, his office was confronted with the unexpected situation of overpayments which came about as a result of an assurance he received from the Saudi Arabia Minister of Hajj during Hajj conference this year for an additional thousand(1000) slots to the original quota to make it 6,424.