First hajj flight leaves for Saudi Arabia
Tanzimul Hasan Maaz
The first hajj flight, carrying 417 pilgrims, left Bangladesh for Saudi Arabia on Thursday morning.A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG-3001 with the Bangladeshi pilgrims took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:15 am, said Biman Bangladesh Airlines Manager (public relations) Tasnim Aktar.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Advocate Sheikh Md Abdullah and State Minister for Civil Aviation Md Mahbub Ali saw the pilgrims off at the airport.
The Hajj flights carrying pilgrims to Saudi Arabia will continue until August 5.Besides, five other hajj flights will fly for Jeddah today. This year, a total of 1, 27,198 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia for performing hajj.Biman Bangladesh Airlines will carry a total of 63,599 hajj pilgrims while Saudi Arabian Airlines the rest, she said.
The return flights will begin on August 17 and continue until September 15.Bangladeshi pilgrims can now complete the immigration procedure from Dhaka airport before heading to Saudi Arabia.Earlier, pilgrims were required to wait in the aircraft after landing in Saudi Arabia to complete the procedure – sometimes waiting for up to six hours.