Biman Bangladesh Airlines has cancelled two more Hajj flights due to shortage of Hajj pilgrims.
One of the dedicated Haff flight was scheduled to fly for Saudi Arabia at 1:30pm today and the other was supposed to leave Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4:50am tomorrow, Biman Bangladesh Airlines General Manager (public relations) Shakil Meraj told journalists. However, three other Hajj flights will fly to Jeddah on time today, he added.
Both the Hajj flights had 419 seats.
Public relations officer of Civil Aviation Ministry Mahbubur Rahman said due to irresponsibility of private Hajj tour operators, Biman was compelled to cancel the flights as the Hajj agencies failed to collect visas and air tickets for the pilgrims.
“Every year a certain bad practices are done by them to make their fortune,” he added.
Earlier on Saturday and Sunday, three Biman hajj flights with the capacity of 1,227 seats were cancelled due to the same reasons.
As much as 127,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh are set to perform the annual ritual this year. Biman and Saudi Arabian Airlines would carry equal number of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
The maiden pre-hajj flight started on July 24. The final pre-hajj flight departure is August 26.
Hajj, the largest religious congregation of the Muslims, and Eid-ul-Azha are likely to be held in early September.