- Medview Airline service delivery frustrated Monarchs 2017 hajj
- Emir of Ilorin already bidden me good-bye – Spokesperson
- Airline blames bad weather, says safety of passenger most crucial
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and other monarchs who are billed for this year’s pilgrimage had their trip aborted by a sheer poor service delivery of the management of the Medview Airline.
The Emir of Ilorin along with other triditional rulers across the country had been specially invited by the King of Saudi Arabi to perform 2017 hajj, FELLOW PRESS learnt.
Unfortunately, while Alhaji Sulu-Gambari along with the Olofa of Offa, Timi of Ede, Aragbigi of Iragbigi, Olomu of Omupo and the Aseyin of Iseyin, who are scheduled to embark on their journey to the Holy land on Tuesday (yesterday) were outrightly disappointed as they could not go beyond the Ilorin International Airport.
On Tuesday, traditional rulers from far and near have arrived the ancient palace of the Emir of Ilorin being the take-off point for the journey to the Ilorin International Airport to board MEDVIEW Airline to Abuja.
Reacting to the incidence, the National Secretary of Shehu Alimi foundation for Peace and Development, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, he said, “His Royal Highness has bidded us farewell and exchanged pleasantries with the visiting monarchs at and set out for the airport with a very long convoy which included the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Balogun Gambari, Magaji Aare, Balogun Ajikobi as well as other high profile personalities”.
Arowona dismayed about the aborted trip, further said the Emir had given him tips for his Sallah message to be released during the Eid-el-Kabir festival, saying he was surprised to hear of the Midview postponement of flight till 2pm, while that was the exact time for take-off of the British Airline from Abuja to Saudi Arabia.
“Therefore, after several efforts to find alternative for the situation, the Emir and his entourage had to return home disappointingly. But we accepted it in good faith as the will of Allah”, Arowona added.
Bad weather was responsible for flight delay- Medview
Respoding to the ordeal, the Med-View Airline last night apologized to its passengers including Royal Fathers on the Lagos-Ilorin-Abuja route, who were affected by delays saying bad weather was responsible.
In a statement, the airline said the operating aircraft had arrived the Ilorin Airspace at the scheduled time but adverse weather and based on air traffic control advice the aircraft had to divert to Abuja.
“We continued to monitor the weather situation in Ilorin, and it was only visible late in the day and the flight finally made it.”
Medview Airline said it took great measures to avoid conditions that will impact on safety of passengers and crew.
It further added that it was unfortunate that the adverse weather prevailed at a day when
Highly revered traditional rulers and other passengers were billed to fly to Abuja en route their various destinations .
“We sincerely regret this unfortunate incident and inconvenience caused passengers”, the statement said.