First hajj flight reaches Jeddah
17 August 2015, Nirapad News: The first hajj flight from Bangladesh carrying 419 pilgrims arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah Sunday noon.
Bangladesh embassy councilor (political) in Riyadh Mosharraf Hossain confirmed the matter.
Bangladesh ambassador in Saudi Arabia Golam Masih, Jeddah consulate’s consul general AKM Shahidul Karim, Consul (Hajj) Asaduzzaman, Director General of Saudi Hajj Ministry Jeddah office Abdullah Marghalani and other high officials welcomed the pilgrims.
Earlier in the morning, a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG-1011 left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:35am and reached Jeddha around 12:10pm.
Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon and religious affairs minister Principal Matior Rahman were present during the departure of the first flight.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the hajj activities at Ashkona Hajj camp in city.
The post-hajj flights would begin on September 27 and continue till October 28 with 140 flights including 109 dedicated flights and 31 scheduled flights.
The national flag carrier will carry 51,000 pilgrims out of 101,758 from August 16 to September 17 by 145 pre-hajj flights.
A total of 1,001,785 pilgrims would perform Hajj this year.
Of them, 2,600 will perform the hajj under the government arrangement and the rest will go to Jeddah under private arrangement.