Two hajj flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines were cancelled on Thursday due to a shortage of passengers.
The scheduled flights—BG-1063 slated for 1:55 am and BG- 5061 scheduled for 3:45 pm—were cancelled, taking the total number of Biman’s cancelled hajj flights to seven, with many more likely to be postponed.Sources at Biman said 5,800 hajj flight tickets remain unsold so far, and Biman has been urging the hajj agencies to purchase tickets as soon as possible.
Biman general manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj said the hajj agencies are failing to book tickets for the pilgrims despite repeated requests.
Meanwhile, the Religious Affairs Ministry has finally decided to extend the quota of replacement of the registered Hajj pilgrims to 15 per cent from existing eight per cent responding to the pressure of the hajj agencies.
This year, a total of 1, 27,198 pilgrims will perform hajj from Bangladesh under private and government management.
Since July 14, two airlines have so far carried around 78163 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.