First batch of Kaduna state pilgrims to Saudi Arabia who performed this year’s Hajj, arrived safely on board Fly Nas airways at 6.38 am Nigerian time yesterday.
‎In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Malam Yunusa Abdullahi, the board disclosed that 290 passengers were on board Fly Nas airways.
According to him, the home-bound flight was earlier scheduled for 1 am on Monday and pilgrims were directed to leave Makkah for Jeddah by 11 pm, after performing their farewell Tawaf.
“Due to mix up in the flight schedules, the pilgrims had to wait for several hours at Jeddah airport. Our officials did their best to mitigate the inconvenience which the pilgrims faced at the airport,” he explained.
Malam Yunusa clarified that the lack of compliance with flight schedules by representatives of some Hajj operators was mainly responsible for the large crowd at Jeddah airport.
As at the time of filing this report, the second flight was said to be set to depart Jeddah airport for Kaduna with 300 passengers on board.

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