The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said it has airlifted 38, 161 pilgrims representing 58 percent of the total number so far.
The Commissioner Operations of the commission, Abdullahi Modibbo Saleh told reporters yesterday in Abuja that the remaining 29,271 representing 42 percent would be airlifted ahead of schedule.
"Since the inaugural flight on July 30 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, we have airlifted 38,161 of the 65,271 so far and plan to conclude the airlift by 25 or 26 of this month," Saleh said.
According to him of the 20,000 allocation to the private tour operators, 17,107 have been booked representing 86 percent and that of the133 registered companies licensed for the 2017 exercise, 121 fulfilled the requirement representing 91 percent and 12 did not.
He said 450 was the highest allocation to one of the operators, while 50 was the least.