Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Flight Cancelation - Hajj Carriers Must Accommodate Pilgrims - NAHCO

It is now mandatory for all airlines slated to transport pilgrims to Mecca for the 2012 Hajj to provide accommodation for their passengers when there is flight cancelation, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said yesterday.

The commission's Commissioner of Operation, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukhtar, stated this at the commencement of tender of intending air carriers for this year's Hajj operation. Mukhtar said the rule, which was contained in the Airlift Agreement, made it mandatory for airlines to cater for their passengers in case of flight cancelation.

"If there is flight delay for a period of about 6 hours, airlines suppose to provide or serves pilgrims with some lights refreshments and in case there is total cancelation of flight of more than 12 hours, they suppose to provide hotel accommodation to their pilgrims. The target for this year's Hajj operation is not only about the efficiency of the exercise but the service render to the pilgrims."

Airlines that bided for the airlift of pilgrims are: Aero Aviation Service, Ethiopian Air Limited, Kabo Air Limited, Max Air Limited, Med View Airline (Nigeria) Limited, Meridain Airline Limited while while Hamsal Air Service and Tradecraft Nigeria Limited applied for airlift of pilgrims of tour operators. Six other airlines bided for excess luggage.

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