First batch of Bangla pilgrims arrive in Jeddah
The first batch of 419 Bangladesh Haj pilgrims arrived in Jeddah on Saturday forenoon by Biman Airline.
On arrival, they were received by the country's Ambassador Golam Moshi ,officials from the Bangladesh consulate in Jeddah and senior officials from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Ambassador Moshi said more than 127,000 pilgrims from his country are expected to arrive this year by his country's national carrier ,Biman , and also by Saudi Arabian Airlines .He added that they will be coming through 528 accredited hajj agencies in his country.
Biman Bangladesh is to take 64,967 passengers on 187 flights, while Saudia will take 61,831 passengers on 188 flights.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had officially launched the Hajj activities in Ashkona on Jul 11. Hajj flights began on Saturday and will continue until Aug 15.
Return flights will start on Aug 27 and continue until Sept 25.
Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi receives pilgrims with the Saudi officials.
Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal and Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman bade farewell to the passengers of the first Biman Hajj flight at 7:52am, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports UNB.
This year, a total of 127,198 people will go to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj. Of them, 7,198 will perform Hajj under government management while 120,000 will do so under private management.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines General Manager Shakil Meraj said the flight left Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Jeddah around at 7:52am.
A total of 126,198 Bangladeshi nationals will be allowed to make the pilgrimage this year, according to the agreement with Saudi Arabia. The journeys of 6,198 will be organised by the government, while those of the remaining 120,000 will be organised through private means.
Earlier this year , the government had called on travel agencies to arrange for the purchase of tickets for Hajj travellers before they received their visas.