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First Hajj flight leaves for KSA

First Hajj flight leaves for KSA

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This year’s first Hajj flight, carrying 410 Bangladeshi pilgrims, left Dhaka for Jeddah on Sunday morning.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG-3001 dedicated flight for pilgrims took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 9:15 am on the day.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali and State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan saw the pilgrims off at the airport in the capital.  

They also offered a special prayer seeking the blessings of Almighty Allah for the safe Hajj journey of pilgrims and the wellbeing of the people of Bangladesh.

After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bangladeshi pilgrims first started their journey to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to perform the holy Islamic ritual, which is mandatory for all able Muslims.

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina virtually inaugurated the Hajj Activities-2022.

This year, 57,585 pilgrims from Bangladesh will perform Hajj, while around one million pilgrims from around the world will visit Saudi Arabia for the same purpose.

Of the total pilgrims, 4,000 will go to Saudi Arabia under the government arrangement and 53,585 under private management.

Biman will carry 28,793 pilgrims from Bangladesh through 65 dedicated flights. Some 51 flights will be operated to Jeddah and 14 to Madina.

 The rest of the passengers will be carried by two foreign airlines: Saudia and Flynas.

The Hajj flight was originally scheduled to leave Bangladesh on May 31st.

The date was rescheduled for June 5 for the completion of some pending work.

But according to sources, the technical delegation of Saudi Arabia was late to reach Dhaka and consequently the immigration of Hajj pilgrims couldn’t be started on Sunday.

However, the state minister for civil aviation and tourism said the immigration formalities at the Saudi end will be completed at HSIA from today.

Hajj pilgrims, who will fly to Saudi Arabia from Sylhet or Chattogram airports, won’t get this facility.

This year, the last Hajj flight is scheduled for July 3. After the holy Hajj, the return flight will start on July 14 and continue until August 14.

This year, the holy Hajj is going to be held on July 8, subject to the sighting of the moon.