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FG approves 12 airports for 2012 hajj

THE Federal Government has approved 12 airports for the forthcoming hajj exercise taking place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The government also approved five carriers for the exercise scheduled to commence on September 17.

Some of the approved airports were Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Maidu-guri, Sokoto, Gombe, Katsina, Yola, Ilorin, Minna and Lagos.

Briefing journalists on Thursday at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren, said the industry and states involved were ready for the exercise.

He said in a bid to have a hitch-free exercise, the regulatory authorities had been meeting with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), fuel marketers, designated carriers and states involved in the exercise.

He explained further that the designated carriers, Max Air, Meridien Air, Kabo, Medview and Trade Kraft, had all indicated their readiness, adding that the country performed creditably well in the previous exercise.

He informed that Max Air would be using four aircraft; Meridien Air, one; Kabo, three, while Medview had deployed two aircraft for the exercise, stressing that the operators would be using Boeing 747-200, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 767-200 to airlift pilgrims to the holy land.

According to Demuren, no fewer than 100,000 pilgrims would be airlifted for the exercise nationwide, adding that the exercise was expected to be rounded up within one month

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