The President of Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA),Abdul Aziz A. Duailej, who led a delegation from the agency to Nigeria on Monday said they are in the country as part of preparations to ensure a hitch free Hajj 2023 operations.
He stated this at a meeting with Nigeria’s minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriya and other top government officials including the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikirullah Kunle Hassan, in Abuja.
A statement from NAHCON’s spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara quoted Duailej saying that he recognized the importance of early planning to avoid hitches in Hajj operations.
He also said GACA and the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah have concluded plans to make known all modalities for the 2023 pilgrimage season ahead of time to give participating countries a grace of at least five months for prearrangements.
The statement also said the GACA “expressed hope that Hajj air carriers will remain operational throughout the year and not just become functional during Hajj”.