12 August 2017

PHOTOS: 430 pilgrims finally airlifted after long delay

The first batch of pilgrims left the Tamale Airport for Mecca last night to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage this year.

About 1000 prospective Ghanaian pilgrims got stranded at the Tamale Sports Stadium following the delay of their trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

They were expected to be airlifted to Saudi Arabia Thursday night, but anxiety filled most of them as they waited with baited breath the long arrival of the carrier to transport them in several hours.

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was stuck at the Tamale Airport to finally see the pilgrims off.

After the long delay, the pilgrims were airlifted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last night but not without hitches.

Originally 506 were checked in to fly direct from the Tamale Airport to Jeddah, but the aircraft that was finally arranged to fly the pilgrims could only have onboard 430 passengers leaving behind 76 out of the 506 initially booked to fly to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The flight was a sigh of relief to the National Hajj Board, and the frustrated Hajj pilgrims.

Vice President, Dr. Bawumia who stayed put at the Tamale airport amidst the frustrations was happy the first batch could finally be airlifted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assuring that all prospective pilgrims will make it to this year’s Hajj, irrespective of the initial hitches seen.



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