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Airline begins first flight of pilgrims from Lagos to Saudi Arabia

Airline begins first flight of pilgrims from Lagos to Saudi Arabia

- The transportation of pilgrims from the Hajj Camp of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos has begun

- 2,001 pilgrims from Lagos state are expected to participate in the 2018 pilgrimage

- Pilgrims from Kaduna, Maiduguri, Ilorin as well some from Guinea Bissau and Niger Republic would be transported to Saudi Arabia

Medview Airline on Thursday, August 2, began the transportation of its quota of 10,000 pilgrims from the Hajj Camp of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first flight, a B747-200 aircraft carrying 320 pilgrims from Lagos state, departed the MMIA on Thursday at 7.35a.m for Saudi Arabia.

NAN reports that 2,001 pilgrims from the state are expected to participate in the 2018 pilgrimage, according to records released by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

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The executive director, Business Development, Alhaji Isiaq Na’allah, Medview Airline, told newsmen that the airline would also transport pilgrims from Kaduna, Maiduguri, Ilorin as well some from Guinea Bissau and Niger Republic.

Na’allah said: “We give praise to the Almighty Allah for giving us the strength to start our airlift. This is the first flight we are doing this year and we are hoping to transport 10,000 pilgrims. We are transporting our pilgrims from Lagos, Kaduna, Maiduguri and Ilorin.

“Obviously, it’s challenging if you look at the number of passengers we use to carry in such a short period, it is challenging and so you need a very high-capacity aircraft.

“That is why we have brought this aircraft; it is a triple seven (777) and a modern aircraft. This aircraft has a capacity of 323, but right now, we are going with 320 pilgrims from Lagos state."

Na’ Allah lauded the consistency of Medview in hajj operations, adding that the airline had been able to provide the needed comfort to pilgrims since it began the flight services 12 years ago.

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Legit.ng previously reported that the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Friday, July 20, declared that the first batch of this year’s Hajj pilgrims from Nigeria will leave for Saudi Arabia today, Saturday, July 21.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria said that it is set for the inaugural flight signaling the commencement of 2018 Hajj operations.

NAHCON spokesperson, Fatima Usara, in a statement said the flag-off is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 21, at the Domestic Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at 11:00 am.

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