Dhaka – Biman Bangladesh Airlines has started sale of tickets for passengers intend to perform Muslims’ annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as the national flag carrier is scheduled to begin the hajj flights on July 4, officials said on Monday.
The airlines will operate a total of 189 hajj flights this year to transport more than half of 127,198 Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia until August 5, Sakil Meraj, spokesman of the airlines said.
The Biman will carry a total of 63,599 passengers while other airlines will carry the rest.
The price of a round-trip air ticket was fixed at 128,000 taka for the Hajj pilgrimage at Mecca, the birth place of Prophet Muhammad.
The five-day hajj congregation this year will begin on August 9 at the Islam’s holy city located in a desert valley of Western Saudi Arabia.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will begin rerun flight to carry the pilgrims back home on August 17, three days after the congregation formally comes to an end on August 14.
The national carrier, for the first time will operate hajj flights directly to Medina, where the Prophet Muhammad’s grave is located, by 11 flights from the capital Dhaka and seven from the port city of Chittagong.
Biman, which experienced debacle in maintaining flight schedule during the last hajj season, has decided to add two more aircrafts into its existing 13-aircraft fleet to maintain the operation smooth.
The Biman had to pay 100,000 Saudi Riyals as penalty for disruption of flight schedule in 2018.
The authorities have decided to complete immigration formalities of the pilgrims at Bangladeshi airports stead of airports in Saudi Arab. Therefore, the pilgrims were asked to send their information a day before they fly to avoid hassles at Saudi Arab airports
The Biman will charge 350 dollars for cancelling a ticket while rescheduling of trips will be charged between 200 to 300 dollars, said Shalik Meraj adding that the airlines have furnished all necessary preparations to make the hajj flights smooth.
newsnextbd.com/n/reporting by Torsha Joya