The first batch of 805 pilgrims that performed the 2013 Hajj in Saudi Arabia, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, and the Ilorin Airport, aboard Med-View Airline on Sunday.

A statement made available to aviation correspondents by Mr Oyibotha Obuke, on behalf of the airline, said that a Med-View Boeing B747 aircraft with 507 pilgrims from Osun touched down at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja at 9.00 a.m.

It added that 298 pilgrims from Ondo State also arrived at the Ilorin Airport aboard the airline’s B767 aircraft at 5.30a.m.

Nigerian pilgrims at Jeddah airport: return journey to Nigeria begins

Nigerian pilgrims at Jeddah airport: return journey to Nigeria begins

The statement said that the airline was pleased with the safe arrival of the pilgrims after a successful pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

It noted that the management of the airline would complete the transporting of the pilgrims allocated to it by the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) in record time.

The statement added that flights to arrive on Monday would transport the Ogun and Oyo state pilgrims.

It quoted a member of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr M. B.O. Ibrahim— one of the pilgrims— as commending Med-View for its hitch-free Hajj operations.

He was also said to have called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to improve on facilities at the Hajj Camp, Murtala Muhammed Airport, to make it more conducive for pilgrims transiting through the terminal