The Biman Bangladesh Airlines will start flight operations to carry pilgrims to Saudi Arabia on May 21 without reducing the airfare despite widespread criticism.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will use its own aircraft this year for operating Hajj flights instead of leasing planes.
More than 400 Hajj passengers were stuck at the Dhaka Airport for around eight hours yesterday (June 18, 2022).
Although the government had said that immigration of hajj pilgrims at the Saudi end will be completed at Dhaka airport from the first day of hajj flight, it has not happened today.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has finally decided to operate this year’s Hajj flights with its own fleet of aircraft, moving away from its earlier decision to ferry Hajj pilgrims with leased aircraft.
This year’s Hajj flights will start from May 31, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali said today.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday got permission to operate 12 additional hajj flights paving the way for trips of all intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, a top official of religious affairs ministry said.
The authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have cancelled two more scheduled hajj flights due to shortage of pilgrims for visa complications.
The religious affairs ministry yesterday gave a 48-hour “final ultimatum” to 16 hajj agencies for completing all procedures to send around 3,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia by August 26.