Biman Bangladesh Airlines to launch Hajj flights from July 4
_A Monitor Report01 Jul, 2019 | 1419 Views|-+
Dhaka : The national flag carrier Biman Bangla-desh Airlines is going to launch the airline's first Hajj flight of this season BG-3001 on July 4 carrying 419 Hajj pilgrims from Dhaka to Jeddah.
Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry and Sheikh Md Abdullah, State Minister of Religious Affairs will be present at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) on the eve of departure of the inaugural flight.
On the same day, Hajj flights BG-3101, BG-3201 and BG-3301 will depart from Dhaka at 11:15 am, 3:15 pm and 7:15 pm respectively for Jeddah while scheduled flight BG-0035 will depart at 8:15 pm.
The carrier will operate 19 Hajj flights from Chattogram and three from Sylhet this year.
Some 1,27,198 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia from Bangladesh this year. Biman will carry 63,599 pilgrims. Of these, 7,198 ballottee Hajj pilgrims are going under government management and the rest 56,401 non-ballottee pilgrims under private management.
This year, Biman has four Boeing 777-300ER aircraft ready to carry Hajj pilgrims on Dhaka-Jeddah-Dhaka route. Hajj pilgrims will also fly in scheduled flights of Biman on the route. The flight duration from Dhaka to Jeddah will be around seven hours.
Biman will operate Hajj flights for two months and a total of 365 flights will be operated, among which 304 are dedicated and 61 are scheduled flights.
From July 4 to August 5, a total of 189 flights (157 dedicated and 32 scheduled) will be operated pre-Hajj. Post-Hajj, 147 flights (147 dedicated and 29 scheduled) will be operated from August 17 to September 15, among which 18 flights will fly direct from Bangladesh to Medina and 15 flights will fly direct from Medina to Bangladesh. To operate Hajj flights, Biman has made special arrangements in both Dhaka and Jeddah.
For the first time, immigration operations of Jeddah airport will be conducted from Dhaka for some flights. An immigration team for that purpose will be available here in Dhaka.
This year, one-way and return cost has been set to USD 100 and USD 200 respectively.
Customs formalities will be conducted at Ashkona Hajj camp adjacent to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as is done every year.
From 1973 till date, 10,60,444 Hajj pilgrims have availed Biman Bangladesh Airline's services for performing Hajj.