The first batch of Hajj pilgrims is expected to fly directly from the Tamale airport to Saudi Arabia at 2pm today, August 19.
The flight, which will be the first ever in Tamale,forms part of plans to end the delay and undue frustration experienced by pilgrims at the Kotoka international airport in Accra.
President John Mahama will be seeing off close to 500 pilgrims at the Tamale airport as the flight takes three barges of pilgrims from the Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions.
Deputy public relations officer of the national Hajj committee, Alhaji Mohammed Amin Lamptey in an interview with Citi FM says that government is fully prepared for this year's holy trip.
“This year, Saudi Arabia have developed a new strategy where each pilgrim will get a gadget to identify pilgrims; where they are coming from, the language they speak, and that particular gadget would help to monitor and evaluate pilgrims when they are participating in this year’s rituals,” he added.
Also, checks by Starr FM reveal that a total of about 11 flights have been scheduled from Ghana to the Saudi Arabia Kingdom with close to 1,500 people from the Northern region expected to converge at the Hajj Village (Jubilee Park), Tamale for the Holy journey.