Allen Onyema, the chief executive officer of Airpeace, stated on Friday that the airline is ready to begin direct flights from Nigeria to Israel. Onyema made the statement in response to the executive secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam, who hinted that direct flights from Nigeria to Israel will begin by the end of November 2022. Ireport247 gathered that Rev. Pam revealed this in Abuja while hosting the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Mr Michael Freeman, and Onyema.
He did, however, reveal that the Commission would promote direct flights to Israel, claiming that having a direct flight to Israel by a Nigerian airline would reduce high expenditure and abscondment. “It would drastically reduce the cost of flight,” he said. “Our joy is that one of our own, a Nigerian, will be the first to take advantage of this opportunity to fly pilgrims directly to Israel.” He expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for deeming it necessary to pay a courtesy visit to NCPC for the first time, despite the fact that he had only been in office for nine months. “We are very humbled to receive you here as one who represents the entire country of Israel in Nigeria,” he said. He also emphasized that the NCPC was established primarily to coordinate and supervise Christian pilgrimages to Israel and other holy sites around the world.
Pam praised the Ambassador for his zeal and perseverance in charting a course for Christian pilgrimage, as well as Onyema for his national humanitarian interventions.