Israel and Nigeria have made arrangements to begin regular direct flights to Nigeria shortly.
Israeli Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov made this known recently in Jerusalem during a meeting with the Executive Secretary, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam.
The tourism minister explained that the original plan was to only operate charter flights between the two countries, but the main focus is now on making regular direct flights between the two countries operational.
Their meeting focused primarily on the mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries, which depended on a Nigerian airline operating regular flights.
The minister confirmed that Nigeria’s current population of 206 million puts the country in a favorable position as the most populous black nation on the African continent.
He added that Christians make up about 50 percent of Nigeria’s population, giving the country a fair number of pilgrims to boast of.
Mr. Razvozor explained that a Nigerian airline’s direct regular flights to Israel would certainly help pilgrims from Nigeria fly often to the holy sites in Israel and even increase their financial strength.
However, he was unsure whether the regular direct flights would depart from Lagos or Abuja, but assured the NCPC chief that this would be arranged as events unfold.
Israel’s Tourism Minister praised the NCPC boss’s bold efforts to reposition the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Israel through pilgrimages.
He further praised him for finding time to visit Israel before the meeting, adding that the NCPC boss would make history when the regular direct flight between Nigeria and Israel begins; being the current Executive Secretary of NCPC who has played a key role in its establishment.