Barring last-minute eventualities, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, is set to conclude airlift of intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia on or before August 2.
The NAHCON commissioner of operations, Abdullahi Modibbo-Saleh, made the disclosure at a Radio Program, Barka da Warhaka, aired by a Freedom Radio Kaduna.
According to Mr Modibbo-Saleh, King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, is expected to be closed to Hajj traffic on the fourth of August.
DAILY NIGERIAN recalled that NAHCON had so far airlifted 16,605 Nigerian pilgrims in 34 flights to Saudi Arabia for the forthcoming 2019 hajj exercise.
Statistics released by the Command and Control Centre of the commission today (Monday), further revealed that pilgrims from FCT, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Gombe, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Lagos States had been airlifted to the holy land.