The safe arrival of the final flight carrying 430 Ghanaian Hajj pilgrims in Jeddah marks the successful completion of the airlifting process.
The flight, which departed from Accra on Saturday morning, had been rescheduled to ensure all necessary documents were processed, resulting in a full flight for the journey.
The Hajj Board organized a total of 10 chartered flights, with the final flight reaching its maximum capacity. Unfortunately, due to oversubscription, 27 individuals were unable to secure a seat on the last flight. The Hajj Board is currently working diligently to find alternative means to airlift these individuals and ensure their participation in the Hajj pilgrimage.
Ben Abdallah Banda, Chairman of the Hajj Board, expressed his disappointment at the situation but reassured the public that efforts are underway to find a suitable solution for the affected pilgrims. Despite the tight schedule and proximity of the Hajj commencement, every possible measure is being taken to address the issue.
Overall, the Hajj Board successfully airlifted a total of 4,190 Ghanaian pilgrims for the 2023 Hajj, with flights departing from both Tamale and Accra. Each zone, northern and southern, organized five flights to facilitate the pilgrimage journey.
The official start of the 2023 Hajj is scheduled for the evening of Monday, June 26, 2023, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Ghanaian pilgrims, having arrived safely, will now embark on this sacred and significant religious event with gratitude and anticipation.