Med-View Airlines this morning commenced the airlift of Muslim pilgrims from Lagos to Saudi Arabia with a Boeing 777-200 from the Hajj and Cargo terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The first batch of 320 of the total number of 10,000 allotted to the airline took off at exactly 7.36am.
Some of the pilgrims in an interview said they were elated to be embarking on the trip for the first time.
They applauded the arrangements put in place to ensure their seamless facilitation and stay in the holy land.
Lagos State Commissioner for home Affairs and Amiru hajj 2018, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef said the hajj of this year was different because the exercise was just 2 weeks and there was no need remaining there when the rites had been performed.
The Business Development Officer of the Airline, Alhaji Isiaq Na’allah said the airline would be airlifting pilgrims from Kaduna, Maiduguri, Illorin, Guniea Bissau and Niger republic.
Nosa Aituamen, Lagos.