Saudia is offering a new luggage service for its hajj passengers – collecting luggage from their hotel or other accommodation in Makkah and Madinah 24 hours before departure, and delivering it to the correct airport baggage centre – before they arrive.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs has warned Biman Bangladesh and Saudia airlines over carrying hajj pilgrims to Jeddah, instead of taking them to their scheduled destination, Madinah, causing them immense difficulties.
After being closed for two years, the Hajj flights from Bangladesh will resume this year. However, various agencies and stakeholders are concerned that only Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Saudia, Saudi Arabia's national carrier, are permitted to operate the flights, causing potential prices to rise due to monopolisation.
A total of 133 out of 141 Bangladeshi passengers of Dhaka-bound Saudia Airlines plane, which made an emergency landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Monday, have been brought back home.