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Saudi Arabia Approves 3 Nigerian Airlines for 2016 Pilgrimage, Disqualifies 3

The Saudi Arabia Aviation Authorities has disqualified three Nigerian carriers from airlifting pilgrims to their country for the 2016 Hajj.

Speaking on the development, the Head of Aviation, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Mohammadu Goni, said the disqualified airlines are Dornier Aviation Nigeria AEP Ltd; Top Brass and Azman Air Services.

Goni, however, said that the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA) cleared only three airlines out of the six nominated by the Federal Government.

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He said the airlines approved by the Saudi authorities are: Med-View Airlines Ltd.; Max Air Ltd. and Fly-Nas Air (Saudi Arabian designated carrier).

Goni explained that only these three airlines were designated to fly the route between the two countries.

He said that NAHCON had made concerted efforts to ensure that Saudi Arabian Government allowed the three disqualified airlines to participate in the exercise, but to no avail.

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