Hajj pilgrims in Northern Ghana to fly directly from Tamale in 2016

The airport when completed will serve as an alternative to the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

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President Mahama has assured Muslim pilgrims in the three regions of the north that they will be able to fly direct from the Tamale Airport to Saudi Arabia during the 2016 Hajj.

According to him, the rehabilitation and expansion works would be completed by the next pilgrimage.

Addressing the first batch of 450 Moslem Pilgrims, who left Accra Thursday night for Saudi Arabia, President Mahama said a direct flight from Tamale would be a relief to Muslim pilgrims in the three regions of the north.

He indicated, “this year, we had intended that we will fly pilgrims from the northern part of the country but the Tamale Airport expansion work is not completed. I am assuring you that, the 2016 Hajj will be a smooth one. You are not going to travel down south because by then the Tamale International Airport will be ready and you will fly you direct from there.”

The project is being undertaken by Queiroz Galvao, a Brazilian company, also working on the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange.

The completion of the airport will also reduce the cost and hardship travelers, especially pilgrims in the region go through.

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