By Ime Akpan Lagos
Med-View Airline has airlifted the fi rst batch of 460 pilgrims for the 2017 pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia from the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. After a rigorous screening by the relevant agencies, the pilgrims were airlifted by board the Boeing 747-400 aircraft at 12:52 pm yesterday in the presence of offi cials of the airline led by its managing director and chief executive offi cer, Mr. Muneer Bankole. Bankole who addressed the media before the fl ag off of the exercise disclosed that the 460 pilgrims who left for King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah were among the over 2000 from the Lagos Zone that would be performing the pilgrimage exercise. Bankole said the airline had dedicated three aircraft to airlift the pilgrims and assured that in the next 10 days, the airlift of pilgrims from the Lagos Zone which consists of pilgrims from Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Edo states and the Armed Forces would be completed. “Since the commencement of the exercise last week, it has been going on smoothly. Th e operation has started since the last seven days and things are going as planned. We are here in the Lagos Zone which comprises southwest and we believe in the next one week, we should be running it down. In 10 days, it should be over.