Govt plans to run Hajj flights until Aug 28

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 00:22:41
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Govt plans to run Hajj flights until Aug 28

Malaysian aircraft to carry pilgrims from Aug 20
Amid the deepening crisis over carrying intending Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, the government is planning to extend Hajj flight operations to August 28 from August 26, reports UNB.

The government also expects that a Malaysian aircraft, taken on lease, will start carrying Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims from August 20.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon came up with the updates at an urgent Hajj-related meeting held at the Biman headquarters on Monday.

"Biman, as national flag carrier, is trying to ensure smooth ferrying of pilgrims. A request letter will be sent to General Authority of Civil Aviation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to extend Hajj flight operation from August 26 to August 28," Menon said. He said about 22 flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines were cancelled due to the lack of an adequate number of Hajj pilgrims.

"This created image crisis for the national carrier with financial loss, though Biman was not responsible for this," Menon said.
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