Biman ends pre-hajj flights, 29,992 pilgrims transported to Saudi Arabia
Biman Bangladesh Airlines ended its pre-hajj flights this year, carrying 29,992 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
“Giving the highest priority to people’s religious feelings, Biman has safely transported 29,992 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year, in line with the quota,” the airlines said in a press release.
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The last pre-hajj flight, BG-3141, departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:55 p.m. for Jeddah yesterday (July 3, 2022).
Biman has operated a total of 87 pre-hajj flights, including 67 dedicated and 20 scheduled, to ferry hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year.
Without taking any aircraft for hire, the national airline used its four Boeing 777-300 ERs this year to operate the hajj and scheduled flights to Saudi Arabia.
Thanks to the sincerity and dedicated efforts of Biman managers and staff, all flights were operated on time and no hajj flight was canceled.
The first hajj flight of this year started on June 5. Biman’s post-hajj flight will start from July 14.
According to the bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, a total of 60,000 Bangladeshis will be able to perform the hajj this year.
Of the total number of pilgrims, Biman will carry half of them and two Saudi airlines – Saudia and Flynas – will carry the rest.
In 2019, around 1.27 lakh Bangladeshis were allowed to perform hajj. However, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the largest annual Muslim congregation has been held on a limited scale for the past two years.