MED-VIEW Airline today flagged of its 2017 Hajj operations airlifting a total of 1, 140 pilgrims from the Kaduna International Airport.
The airline started with the first batch of 460 pilgrims on board its Boeing 747-400 aircraft flight VL3110 which took off the airline is scheduled to airlift a batch of 220 on its Boeing 767-200ER flight VL3108 around 5;30pm today.
Meanwhile, the B747 is scheduled back to pick the second batch of 460 before the day ends to complete the 1,140 barring any last hitches.
Managing director Medview, Alhaji Muneer Bankole who saw the pilgrims off explained that the airline has done everything to ensure that6 the pilgrims’ journey is hitch free and enjoyable from takeoff to landing at Saudi Arabia.
Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, who came to see the pilgrims off on board the aircraft, who landed the Kaduna Airport as the pilgrims were boarding went to the aircraft to bid them farewell and gave his advice
The governor wished them well and enjoined them to be good and law-abiding representatives of the state.
Also, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Representatives, Aminu Abdullahi Shagali who spoke to the pilgrims during the flag-off of the airlift, explained that the state government has put everything in place to ensure that the hajj was hitch free.
He enjoined the pilgrims to comport themselves in dignity in the Holy land while commending their level of understanding during the last time out.
He said,” Hajj is for those who are able to physically and financially. The problem of hajj became a thing of the past in Kaduna state as government has put in measures to ensure it is hitch free. Kaduna state provides the best so far.”
“our conduct during last year’s hajj was highly commendable and so let me enjoin you to continue in that trend and be good ambassadors of Kaduna state and Nigeria as a whole.”
He was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Yakubu.