Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Monday started selling tickets for hajj flights to carry pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
The national flag carrier will start carrying hajj pilgrims on June 4, Biman officials said.As per the agreement between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, a total of 127,198 pilgrims will perform hajj this year. Of them, Biman will carry 63,599 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
Biman will operate 157 dedicated and 32 regular flights between June 4 and Aug 5.
For the first time, Biman will operate 11 flights from Bangladesh to Medina this year. Hajj flights will also be operated from Chattogram and Sylhet as well. There will be 126 flights to carry pilgrims to Jeddah, said Shakil Meraz, spokesperson of Biman.
The national flag carrier will use its Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to transport pilgrims. Return flights will start on August 27 and it will end on September 14.
The Saudi government will not allow an additional slot for flights. To avoid complication, Biman will charge pilgrims for cancelling bookings or changing flights this year.