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Muslim prigrims to be flown from Tamale airport

In previous years Muslim pilgrims from the three regions of the north had to travel to the Kotoka International Airport in Accra before they could fly to the Saudi Arabia capital, Mecca.

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In previous years Muslim pilgrims from the three regions of the north had to travel to the Kotoka International Airport in Accra before they could fly to the Saudi Arabia capital, Mecca. This caused a lot of inconvenience for the pilgrims in Accra, even before they embarked on their journey to Mecca.

But the Deputy Communications Director of the Board, Alhaji Amin Lamptey, said this has become a thing of the past since Muslims in the three Regions of the North will now fly from the Tamale airport.

“We have the signal that by the grace of Allah, we will be flying direct from Tamale,” he said.

He said President John Mahama promised in 2014 that his government will do its best to ensure Muslim pilgrims from the three regions of the north do not have to travel all the way to Accra and camp for days before being flown to Mecca.

Alhaji Amin Lamptey said “We have 11 slots this year and the first, second flight will fly from Tamale and later we will come down to Accra for the remaining slots”.

He also revealed that those who paid, but could not make it to Hajj 2015 will be given priority this year. He said they are about 200 in number.

Ghana has a quota of 5,424 (five thousand four hundred and twenty-four) for pilgrims.

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