Dhaka, July 24: The first Hajj flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying 418 Bangladeshi pilgrims left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital for Jeddah on Monday morning.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman and high officials of the two ministries saw the pilgrims off at the airport.
The Biman flight took off at 7:55am.
Besides, three more flights with Hajj pilgrims left Dhaka for Jeddah on Monday. The second flight with 419 Hajj pilgrims left at 1:55pm while the third one at 7:55pm with 418 pilgrims while the scheduled flight left at 8:40pm.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the hajj program for 2017 at the Hajji Camp at the city’s Ashkona on Saturday.
A total of 177 flights will carry the Hajj pilgrims till August 26.
The return flight will start on September 6 and continue till October 5. The number of return flights will be 169.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will carry 50 per cent of Bangladeshi pilgrims while Saudi Airlines the rest of the pilgrims.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation and Tourism minister’s PRO Mahbubur Rahman Tuhin said a total of 1,27,198 hajj pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia this year. Of them, 53,599 will go by the Biman flights while 4,090 will go under the government’s management.