23,964 Hajj pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia
Published: 11:51 AM, 20 June 2022
A total of 23,964 pilgrims have reached Saudi Arabia from Bangladesh to perform Holly Hajj this year, said a daily bulletin related to the annual Islamic pilgrimage.
Airlines, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), Bangladesh Hajj Office Dhaka and Saudi Arabia sources also confirmed the information.
A total of 65 flights carried the pilgrims to their destination in the last 15 days, including 35 flights from Biman Bangladesh Airlines, 25 flights from Saudi Airlines, and five flights from Flynas Airlines.
Out of these pilgrims, 3,365 are under government management and 20,569 are under private management.
Meanwhile, four Bangladeshi pilgrims have died so far. They are: Mst Ramuja Begum of Dhanpur of Comilla Adarsha Sadar Upazila, Md Helal Uddin Mollah of Joypurhat Sadar Upazila, Nurul Amin of Noakhali district and Md Jahangir Kabir of Chapainawabganj.
The holy Hajj is set to be held in Saudi Arabia on July 7 (Zilhaj 9) subject to the sighting of the moon.
This year, a total of 56,585 pilgrims, including 4,000 in government and 53,585 in private management, are scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia for the holy pilgrimage.
The flight of Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia started on June 5. The last Hajj flight from Dhaka will leave on July 4.
A total of 128 flights will be operated from Bangladesh for Hajj. Biman will carry Hajj passengers on 65 flights, Saudia on 51 flights and Flynas on 12 flights.