Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to operate a total of 90 flights to carry pilgrims from Dhaka to Jeddah for alleviating hassles of the hajj-performers.
The preparations for smooth hajj flight operation have already been completed, sources at the national flag carrier said on Monday.
Biman is supposed to carry 36,220 hajj pilgrims to and from Jeddah by its two flights — one chartered wide-bodied jumbo jet and one DC-10 from own fleet — through 180 dedicated flights in two months.
The pre-hajj flights will be operated between September 29 and October 31, while the post-hajj flights will run between November 10 and December 10.
Special arrangements have been made both in Dhaka and Jeddah for hajj flight operations.
A total of 108,000 hajj pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh this year and a number of airlines that include Biman, Saudia, Emirates, Nas airlines would carry the passengers.
Pakistan First Haj flight on Oct 1
Vaccination and training of pilgrims intending to perform Haj under government scheme started at the Haji Camp in Lahore on Monday.
The first Haj flight would leave Lahore on Oct 1 at 3.45pm and some 38,000 pilgrims would leave Lahore for the holy pilgrimage this year, Ministry of Religious Affairs Additional Secretary Arshad Bhatti informed the participants of the training programme.
Vaccination and training of pilgrims would continue at the Haji camp in Lahore till Sept 24. The intending pilgrims would be vaccinated against flu, polio and meningitis. Departure schedule of every pilgrim had also been made available on the website (www.hajjinfo.org) of the ministry of religious affairs. It could be obtained by entering application form number at the relevant column there.
Pilgrims would report eight hours before the take-off time of their flight at the Haji Camp from where they would be boarded in buses for the airport. Pilgrims will collect their passport, ticket and other travel document from the Haji Camp a day before their departure to Saudi Arabia.