Connect with us


2019 Hajj: Nigerian airlines get March 3 deadline over slots allocation



General Authority of Civil Aviation, GACA, Saudi Arabia, has set March 3, 2019 as deadline for airliners to submit request for slots allocation for 2019 Hajj operations.

This was part of resolutions reached at the recently concluded 2019 Hajj preparations meeting between the Authority and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON representatives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Besides, both parties agreed that delays and some flight cancellations experienced during 2018 Hajj were not due to shortcomings of the carriers but as a result of the dynamics of Hajj services and other environmental factors.


A statement by the Head of Media and Public Affairs, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, recalled that some challenges faced by Nigerian Hajj organizers during last year’s Hajj operations included airlift slots allocation and issue of small capacity of aircraft deployed to

convey pilgrims back and forth Saudi Arabia in some cases.


Usara stated that these “conditions regrettably led to some inconveniences and additional operational costs to carriers awaiting slots allocation, reason why NAHCON made a strong case to representatives of GACA on the situations when the two sides met in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,

during the just concluded first pre-Hajj visit”.


NAHCON’s Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi

Modibbo Saleh, who represented the Commission, listed plans to forestall a repeat of 2018 challenges which included resolution to determine early allocation of air carriers to states with the corresponding number of pilgrims to each carrier based on an agreed criteria.


Saleh added that the Commission has taken over the sourcing of Basic Travelling Allowance, BTA of pilgrims to address the delay usually caused by it.


He, however, appealed to GACA not to introduce new regulations

belatedly when operations have commenced therefore making it difficult to ensure compliance.


The Commissioner explained that granting waiver on multiple bank guarantees would enhance the carriers’ financial ability in meeting their operational demands, pointing out that NAHCON, as a government agency, is already a guarantor for the approved carriers in certain ways.


Also, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA disclosed that all approved airlines for 2019 Hajj operations in Nigeria are to comply as required by rules and regulations of the authority, including application for inspection of aircraft 90 days in advance, and not to wait until beginning of operations before doing so.


Responding, leader of the GACA team, Mr Samir Shami, ruled out the possibility of introducing new regulations belatedly by the authority


Shami, however, stressed the need for carriers to beat deadline for request of airlift slots, which

has been slated for March 3, saying they expect strict compliance; in addition to furnishing GACA with Advance Passenger Information Certification for which certificates of compliance are available with the Saudi authorities.


He further revealed that two Saudi Arabian airlines would be designated to airlift the Kingdom’s passenger quota for 2019 Hajj based on the sharing formula agreed between the two countries in July 2018, urging early allocation of passengers to all approved carriers.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Latest News

Metro16 hours ago

SAD…..Samanja looses 43yr-old wife, Maryam Usman Baba

A popularly TV artist with the Nigerian Television Authority, Usman Baba, popularly called Samanja, has lost his 43 year old...

news16 hours ago

See details of bank balances of suspended CJN, Walter Onnoghen

Details of five different accounts belonging to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen have released to the Code of...

news21 hours ago

Misrepresent court proceeding, go to 28yrs jail-term— CCT Chair

Journalists who misrepresent the ongoing proceedings on the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen will bag 28 years...

news21 hours ago

Kwankwaso gives condition for getting appointment in Kano

The former Governor of Kano state and leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Senator Rabi’u Musa...

news22 hours ago

Oyetola, Adeleke’s supporters go spiritual, fasting as tribunal delivers judgment tomorrow

The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja will on Friday 22, March 2019, (tomorrow) deliver its judgment in a case...

news22 hours ago

Etsu Patigi’s death is tragic— Muslim Media Watch

The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, (MMWGN) has described the death of the Etsu Patigi in Kwara State, Alhaji...

news22 hours ago

2019 Polls: INEC shamed Nigeria, says Saraki

The Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) over the conduct of the...

Tech22 hours ago

Broadband penetration hits 33 percent- NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has disclosed that Nigeria’s current broadband penetration has hit 33 percent, a 3 percent increase ...

Business and Economy23 hours ago

Group to train 500 female mechanics in Lagos, Abuja

The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMECHE) is set to train 500 females in auto- mechanic in Lagos and Abuja. The...

news23 hours ago

Etsu Patigi’s reign was historic——- Waziri Gobir

As Nigerians continue to mourn over the demise of the Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar, the Waziri Hausa,  Alhaji...



Copyright © 2018 Royal News.

%d bloggers like this: