By Sade Williams
Med-View Airline launched flight operations to Kano State triggering royal commendations from Sarkin Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi, 11 who was full of praises to the management of the airline for the bold step in operating to the state.
The Emir of Kano said the commencement of flight operations to Kano, the Centre of Commerce, would further aid the development of the state.
He made the remark while playing host to the management of the airline led by the Managing Director/CEO, Alhaji Muneer Bankole after the inaugural flight landed in Kano on Wednesday morning.
Sanusi spoke glowingly about the services rendered by Med-View, saying his association with Medview as Amirul Hajj during the last Hajj exercise proved the airline to be a reliable carrier.
He however advised the people of Kano to patronize Med-View Airline as well as other airlines that are committed to fly into Kano.
“I am happy Med-View Airline is coming to Kano. I hope their services will be patronised by Kano people. Kano, being the center of commerce, will help to provide customers for the airline”, the Emir said.
He appealed to the airline to dedicate wide body aircraft for the lesser hajj in and out of Kano for the comfort of pilgrims.
Earlier, Bankole said Kano being the Centre of Commerce requires more air connectivity. He said the flight would left Lagos by 6:50 a.m and arrived Kano by 8:10 am. Other flights to be operated to and from Kano, according to the airline, are Kano-Kaduna; Kaduna-Lagos, Lagos-Kaduna; Kaduna-Kano and Kano-Lagos.
Bankole said, “Kano is the Home of Commerce. We are grateful to be here again. We operate into Jeddah. We depart Lagos, come to Kano and we head on to Jeddah. Kano to Jeddah is about 4 hours 15 minutes. It makes all Nigerians to be comfortable and stress-free. It is easier than going with Ethiopian Airline to Saudi Arabia, just like the Highness said. In that case, you have to get down in Addis Ababa before getting to Jeddah.
The two daily flights were scheduled in such a way that one operates direct from Lagos to Kano, while the other is routed through Kaduna.
The afternoon flight at 12.30 PM from Lagos will be routed via Kaduna to give passengers transiting Kano the opportunity to connect their flights to foreign destinations such as Jeddah and Dubai.
The addition of Kano brings its domestic routes to eight including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kaduna, Yola and Maiduguri.