At last Max Air and Fly Nass airlines have airlifted the first and second batches of this year’s intending pilgrims from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.
Over 500 intending pilgrims comprising of 184 female intending pilgrims and their 300 male counterparts were seen off by the state deputy Governor, Engineer Nuhu Gidado yesterday.
The 747 Max Air Plane landed at exactly 10:25 am at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi, before the anxious pilgrims boarded the plane.
Also Fly Nass has also airlifted the second batch of 300 intending pilgrims from the state at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi yesterday.
Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar who addressed the intending pilgrims through phone called on them to be good ambassadors of the state and the nation, while in the holy Land and warned them against travelling with any prohibited items to Saudi Arabia to protect their image and that of their state and country at large.
The Governor called on the pilgrims to be patient and support his administration with prayers to enable him execute his viable programmes for the development of the state.
Answering questions from newsmen shortly after the take off of the first flight, the State Amirul Hajj, Engineer Nuhu Gidado, dispelled speculations on the social media that the Airport will not be used for pilgrims airlift because, it lacks some basic equipments.
Engineer Gidado disclosed that five devices were installed by a Canadian firm which were procured by the previous administration describing the Airport as one of the best Airport in terms of facilities in the country and called on the people of the state to disregard rumour mongers.
On why Max Air started the operation of airlifting pilgrims instead of the officially allocated carrier, Fly Nass, the Deputy Governor said, it was a little hiccup that was corrected by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.
Sources at the state Pilgrims Welfare Board disclosed that the remaining batches of intending pilgrims would be airlifted on daily basis by Fly Nass.

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