21 Hajj flights from Ctg, Sylhet this yr

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 03 Aug 2017, 22:24:49
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21 Hajj flights from Ctg, Sylhet this yr

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines will operate 21 dedicated Hajj flights from Chittagong and Sylhet this year with the increase in the number of flights for the benefit of the pilgrims.

Two flights will be operated directly to Medinah from Chittagong for the first time while others will go to Jeddah.

The first Hajj flight from Chittagong will be inaugurated by civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon from Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport as the chief guest today (Friday). Biman managing director A M Mosaddique Ahmed will be present as special guest.

This year Biman will carry 6,000 Hajj pilgrims from Chittagong in its 17 dedicated flights. The Medinah flights will be operated on August 07 and 08.

Besides, 1,640 Hajj pilgrims will be carried in four dedicated flights from Sylhet. The first flight to Jeddah will be inaugurated at 4:45 pm on August 07.  

There will be no flight to Medinah from Sylhet.

Biman general manager (public relations) Shakil Meraj said there was no flight cancellation on Thursday. A total of 2,400 Hajj pilgrims reached Jeddah in six flights on the day.

"If Hajj pilgrims are available, we will be able to recover our capacity loss of 5,830 passengers in 12 cancelled flights. We are hopeful of fulfilling our target of carrying 63,599 pilgrims this year by August 26," he said.

Mr Shakil also said the Biman authority has already applied for additional slot to the Saudi civil aviation authority.

Since the inauguration of Hajj flights on July 24, Biman and Saudi Airlines carried 32,000 Hajj passengers till 8:00 am on August 03.     msshova@gmail.com
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