A Monitor Report
01 Aug, 2017  |
Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Principal Motiur Rahman, Minister for Religious Affairs and others offering Munajat before the departure of the first Haj flight on July 24
: Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited started it haj operation for 2017, on Monday July 24. The first Haj flight took off carrying 418 pilgrims for Jeddah.
Biman Bangladesh flight BG 1011 left Dhaka's Shahjalal International Airport at approximately 7:55am.
Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon and Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman saw the first batch of pilgrims off at the airport.
Three other flights carrying pilgrims also for Jeddah on Monday afternoon, evening and night. The regular Jeddah-bound flight, which left at night, also carried haj pilgrims.
127,198 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj. Of them, 10,000 will use government arrangements and the other 117,198 will make arrangements privately.
The special flights will be operated till August 26 to transport pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. The return flight will start from Sept 6 and continue till Oct 5.
With 177 dedicated and 33 scheduled flights, Biman will carry 63,599 pilgrims while 169 dedicated and 30 scheduled flights will bring back the pilgrims from Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh.
According to a Biman Bangladesh Airlines press release, a pilgrim can carry a maximum of 46kg in two bags in Economy Class and a maximum of 56 kilograms can be carried in Business Class. Beyond that, passengers can carry a maximum of 7 kg in cabin baggage.
Any kind of sharp objects- such as knives, scissors, nail cutters, metal teeth, tabij or gas related products, such as aerosols, and more than 100ml of fluid are prohibited to be carried out in hand bags. No food can be taken either.