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Med-View Airline to airlift 5,303 of 15,000 Hajj pilgrims


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September.12.2014

In fulfilment of its commitment to airlift pilgrims from Nigeria directly to Medina, Med-View Airline is set to airlift 5,303 of this year’s 15,000 pilgrims directly to the holy land for the 2014 Hajj exercise.

Muneer Bankole, managing director, Med-View Airline, who disclosed this to journalists in Lagos, said the pilgrims would be lifted through four airports with the Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

Bankole explained that the first set of pilgrims would depart through the Ilorin airport on Saturday, September 6, adding that the carrier would also airlift pilgrims from the South-West, South-South and South-Eastern zones.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) had said that 15,000 pilgrims were expected to participate in this year’s exercise from different zones of the federation.

“We would also be flying the pilgrims to Medina, which is a total fulfilment of our commitment to the pilgrims,” he said.

“This means that we are taking away the stress where pilgrims are dropped in Jeddah and then transported with buses to Medina thereby exposing them to risks for about six to eight hours on the road,” he explained.

“The pilgrims from the South-West except Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo states and the armed forces would be airlifted from the Lagos airport. While the South-South and South-East passengers will be airlifted from Port Harcourt and Enugu airports, respectively,” Bankole said, dismissing the reports in some quarters that the Saudi Arabian authorities in Nigeria would not issue entry visas to intending pilgrims due to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

He maintained that the country’s embassy had commenced the issuance of visas to intending pilgrims since Monday.

“Ebola virus has nothing to do with visa issuance; there is no issue as far as visa is concerned. They started the issuance on Monday but due to some technical hitches, which have been resolved by the Saudi authorities,” he said

Article Credit: Businessdayonline

Updated 3 Years ago
 

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