Revd. Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary, National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), says Christian pilgrims from Plateau are expected to be transported from the Jos airport to Israel in December.
Pam gave the assurance when he inspected the Yakubu Gowon Airport in Jos on Saturday.
“I am at the Yakubu Gowon Airport in Heipang today to inspect what is on the ground and see if our plans to convey pilgrims from this airport are realisable.
“So far so good; I am quite satisfied with what I have seen. My joy is that pilgrims going to Israel from Plateau will no longer take off from Abuja but directly from Jos.
“By the grace of God, the 2020 pilgrims will take off from here to the Holy Land in December,” he said.
Pam, however, urged the state government to put in place the necessary facilities at the airport that would enable pilgrims to travel from the airport to Israel.
Earlier, the Airport Manager, Mr Gbolahan Ayila, said that the airport needed a luggage scanner and more seats in its waiting areas for it to be ready for international operations.
Ayila said that the airport, which was recently given a facelift, was now in a perfect condition except for few challenges.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Danladi Atu, conveyed the state government’s commitment to ensuring that the airport was primed to undertake international flights.
Atu said that the governor was passionate about the commencement of international flights from the state, adding that he was determined to fix the challenges facing the airport in spite of paucity of funds.