Dhaka – Bangladesh’s national airlines on Wednesday cancelled two more flights, scheduled to ferry hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arab, raising the total number of cancelled hajj flights this season to 19, officials said.
The latest flights cancelled were scheduled to fly to Jeddah from Dhaka at 5 am and 4.30 pm Wednesday, said Shakil Meraj, spokesman of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier.
Visa complicacy, e-token and passports of the Bangladeshi nationals seeking pilgrimage to Mecca during the upcoming hajj are the reasons for cancellation of the flights, he added.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines began the hajj flights on July 24 aiming at carrying some 125,198 passengers to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage this year. Of them 63,599 passengers are expected to be able to land in Jeddah by hajj flights and regular flights.
The first flight took off on July 24 with 419 pilgrims aboard. The return flight will begin on September 6 and the last return flight will be on October 5.
The Muslim’s hajj at Mecca this year is scheduled to begin on September 1.