First Hajj flight leaves for Saudi Arabia...

First Hajj flight leaves for Saudi Arabia

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 11:16 AM, 5 June 2022  

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The first Hajj flight, carrying 410 pilgrims, left Dhaka for Saudi Arabia's Jeddah on Sunday morning. 

Flight BG-3001 of Biman Bangladesh Airlines took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 9:15 am on Sunday, and is scheduled to reach Jeddah at 12:45 pm local time. 

Meanwhile, the two other carriers of Saudi Arabia - Saudia Airlines and FLynas - will start operating hajj flight from June 10.

According to the bilateral agreement between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, a total of 57,585 Bangladeshis will be able to perform hajj this year.

Of the total pilgrims, 4,000 will perform hajj under government hajj management while the rest will perform with personal arrangements. 

The national flag carrier Biman will carry 29,000 hajj pilgrims by three Boeing 777 aircraft under its 130 dedicated flights with 65 round trips while Saudia Airlines and Flynas transfer rest of the hajjis. 

This year, the holy Hajj is going to be held on July 08 (depending on the moon sighting). Around one million pilgrims from all over the world will perform Hajj this year.