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Sudan War: Airlines Fail To Sign Agreement To Lift 2023 Hajj Pilgrims

Airlines refuse to sign agreement to lift pilgrims for Hajj 2023

The ongoing war in Sudan has forced local airlines selected to airlift Nigerian pilgrims for the 2023 hajj to refuse to sign a letter of agreement with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

Politics Nigeria understands that the representatives of the airlines include Air peace, Azman Air, Max Air and Aero Contractors.

The signing of the airlift agreement, which was supposed to hold on Thursday, May 4, was postponed till Tuesday, May 9, as the airlines requested consultations from their superiors.

It will be noted that the only foreign airline among them, Fly Nas, signed the agreement as it was allocated over 28,000 pilgrims, which represent 40 per cent of the entire pilgrimage population.

Daily Trust reports that the Sudan airspace, which was shut due to the conflict in the country, would affect sub-Saharan pilgrims due to its short route to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

With the signing of preliminary agreements between NAHCON and the airlines, taking another route would be costly and require a review of the fare pilgrims would have to pay.

In April, NAHCON had fixed the minimum fare at N2.88m for the exercise and the highest sum at N2.9m, which was later increased to bN3.2m.

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