498 Sierra Leone Pilgrims Scheduled to Arrive Home on Wednesday
Following the successful completion of their Hajj rituals, 498 Sierra Leone pilgrims will depart the Hajj Terminal of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in the early hours of Wednesday, 7th November, 2012, Sierra Leone Hajj officials say. Hajj officials in one of the holy sites
According to the Chairman of the 2012 Hajj Mission, Alhaji Sheka Sahid Kamara, a chartered 747 Morrocan flight is scheduled to depart the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at about 7:45 a.m. (local time) and expected to arrive at the Lungi International Airport in the early afternoon of the same day. Kamara also hastened to add that: “It all depends on if the airline goes by the scheduled time.”
According to new regulations issued by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj, all foreign pilgrims are required to be at the airport six hours before the scheduled departure of their flight. A Ministry spokesman, Hatim Qadhi, said on local radio that this new regulation was after extensive consultations between Hajj officials and the General Authority of Civil Aviation. “Non-compliance with the new regulations carries penalties,” he warned.
Last Saturday, over 200 pilgrims left for Sierra Leone on a chartered Morrocan flight, whilst a few are scheduled to leave on passenger flights in the next few days. This year, 837 Sierra Leoneans performed the pilgrimage, including 149 Imams from all the Chiefdoms across the country.
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