From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Mon Nov 10 2008 - 16:54:03 EST
Eritrean Airlines begins flight to Mali to transport Haj travelers of the Islamic Faith from West Africa to Saudi Arabia
Nov 10, 2008, 14:04
Asmara, 10 November 2008 - Eritrean Airlines today began flight to Bamako, Mali, to transport Haj travelers of the Islamic Faith from Mali, Senegal and other West African countries to Saudi Arabia.
The General Manager of the Airlines, Mr. Kibrom Dafla, said that a couple of years has elapsed since Eritrean Airlines began transporting people who travel for the Haj and that the current flight is for the 4th time. He indicated that it would make 40 to 50 flights to and fro West African countries and Saudi Arabia in transporting about 5,000 people.
Mr. Kibrom further pointed out that Eritrean Airlines has earned reputation and credibility in West Africa, especially Mali, as it performs its task efficiently and owns a disciplined and competent staff, particularly flight attendants. The Manager expressed appreciation to the Civil Aviation Authority, Immigration Office, the Administration of Asmara International Airport and other institutions that made due contribution for the success of the program.
Mr. Bukari Sidibe who organized and leads the flight from the Mali side stated on his part that Eritrean Airlines has won acclaim in Mali and other West African countries. Noting that it conducted 14 flights last year to and fro West Africa and Saudi Arabia, he said that Eritrean Airlines would make threefold flights this year that attests to its seriousness and commitment in its mission.
Mr. Bukari elaborated that the Airlines secures high demand in West Africa in general and Togo, Benin and other countries in the region in particular, as it serves with diligence and possesses an efficient managerial capacity. Indicating that the Haj travelers are strictly obliged to stick with the deadline set by Saudi Arabian authorities, Mr. Bukari explained that over the past 3 years, Eritrean Airlines has been working diligently in living up to the expectation of travelers, and as such it is highly appraised by the travelers.
Eritrean Airlines would continue the Haj flights up to mid January 2009, according to reports.
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