Max Air, one of the approved carriers for this year’s hajj has completed airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, an official, Alhaji Ibrahim Dahiru, said.
Briefing newsmen yesterday, Dahiru said the airline has airlifted over 35,000 pilgrims in 65 trips.
Dahiru said Max Air was allocated a total of 35,576 intending pilgrims from 15 states including Adamawa, Gombe, Rivers, Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi, Imo and Jigawa among others.
He said although the airline experienced so caused by pilgrims at the beginning of the operation, the exercise was successful.
He said the aircraft only experienced a minor technical problem developed in Kebbi State.
“When the aircraft developed a technical problem in Kebbi State, thepilot aborted the flight and informed the management and we quickly sent another aircraft which airlifted the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia,” he said.
Dahiru assured that already, the company has deployed another aircraft for the return journey operation.
“We want all pilgrims allocated to Max air to return to Nigeria as soon as the exercise is over. We are going to use four aircraft for the return journey,” he said.