The first flight carrying 433 Hajj Pilgrims has departed Tamale for Madina, Saudi Arabia on Monday.
The Flynas Airline departed the Tamale International Airport just before 1400hrs GMT and is expected to be in Madina by 1900hrs GMT.
This is the first flight of four that are expected to airlift some 1,732 pilgrims from the Tamale Airport.
Two flights are expected to fly from Tamale on Tuesday while the final flight will leave Tamale on Wednesday June 22.
Three flights will then fly from the Kotoka International Airport from Wednesday.
A total of 3,069 pilgrims are expected to be flown from Ghana for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.
The Chairman of the National Hajj Board, Sheik I.C. Quaye who led the government delegation to see off the Pilgrims indicated that this year’s Hajj was a trial one, after the Saudi government suspended the pilgrimage since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said it was therefore the reason for the “big cut” in Ghana’s quota this year.
“This year’s hajj is a hajj of trial, because you find out that our number has been reduced from 6, 700 to 3,000, there has been a big cut, however the board through the support from government have been able to work hard and then today we are embarking for this year’s hajj,” he said.
Sheik I.C. Quaye urged the pilgrims to be disciplined and ensure they follow all the Hajj protocols, this he added will ensure they successfully complete their hajj.
Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus | Justicefmonline |Tamale