Government to extend hajj flight functions till August 28
Amid deepening crisis over carrying intending hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, the government is planning to increase hajj flight operations till August 28 from August 26, reports UNB.
The government is optimistic that a Malaysian aircraft, taken on lease, will commence carrying Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims on August 20.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon came up with the remarks at an urgent hajj-related meeting held at Biman headquarters on Monday.
"Biman, as national flag carrier, is attempting to ensure smooth ferrying of pilgrims. A request letter will be sent to General Authority of Civil Aviation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to extend hajj flight operation from August 26 to August 28," Menon said.