Arik Air at the weekend, explained circumstances surrounding the smooth operations of Hajj airlift, saying it has commenced operations and has airlifted 374 passengers since June 14, 2023.
It explained in a statement that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) selected it as the carrier to work with the Tour Operators for this year’s hajj exercise, adding the airline was allocated about 10,000 pilgrims spread across Abuja, Lagos, and Kano.
According to the statement, “We commenced the airlift of pilgrims in both Abuja and Lagos on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, and we have carried 374 passengers to date. “The issues involved in the smooth operation of the airlift are currently being addressed by all parties involved; Arik Air, NAHCON and the Tour Operators.
“We hereby assure the pilgrims that as soon as we resolve the issues within the next 24 hours, the airlift will resume simultaneously in Abuja, Lagos and Kano.” The airline also appealed for the understanding of all concerned and apologise for the inconvenience the slow pace of airlift may have caused the intending pilgrims and all the parties involved.