Nigeria has recorded its first and second flights on the return leg as scheduled as FlyNas departed with 423 pilgrims from Federal Capital Territory, Abuja at about 8: 20am Saudi time yesterday. Another, Flynas flight XY7004 departed Jeddah to Abuja at 02:58hrs with 424 FCT Pilgrims. In two days this weekend, 847 are now at home.
According to the Head of Aviation Division, Engr. Goni Sanda, pilgrims departure from the holy land will be in line with their arrival into the Kingdom.
Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, advised State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards to ensure that their pilgrims’ travel documents are ready, their luggage checking and clearance should be concluded in good time ahead of pilgrims’ departure time to avoid flight delays.
The NAHCON chairman advised pilgrims to avoid stocking their luggage with contraband items that may necessitate their bags being opened for removal of such contraband items.
Alhaji Zikrullah also advised Nigerian pilgrims to resist the temptation of overloading their luggage beyond the approved kilograms. He reminded them of the consequences of excess luggage which is losing some of their items especially those in the hand luggage.
Meanwhile, pilgrims have been advised to reach out to Cargo Zeal and Sokodeke for transportation of their excess luggage to Nigeria.