Hajj flight operation is likely to starts from May 31. Hajj flight fare has been fixed at Tk 1.40 lakh this year.
Civil Aviation and Tourism State Minister Md. Mahbub Ali shared this information with the journalists after a meeting on hajj management held at secretariat in the capital on Wednesday.
He said, “A total of 31,000 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia in 75 flights this time. Their airfare has been fixed at Tk 1.40 lakh. HAAB and the Ministry of Religion proposed to fix the airfare at Tk 1.25 lakh. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has been requested to further reduce fares.”
HAAB Secretary General Shahadat Hossain Taslim was present at the meeting. At that time, he said, those among the pilgrims who were born after July 1, 1957 will be able to go for Hajj this year.
Earlier on April 25, State Minister for Religious Affairs Md. Faridul Haque Khan said that even those who have registered earlier will not be able to go for Hajj if there age is 65 this time.
UNB adds: Flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj will begin on May 31, said the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry.
This year, the government has fixed Tk 1.40 lakh as plane fare.
Biman will carry 31,000 pilgrims through 75 dedicated flights, said State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali while talking to reporters after attending a meeting on hajj management at the secretariat.
This year, a total of 57,856 pilgrims will be able to perform Hajj from Bangladesh.
The government has taken necessary preparations to ensure smooth and safe hajj for the pilgrims, said State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan recently.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia raised the number of Hajj pilgrims from inside and outside the kingdom to one million in 2022, authorities announced in a statement on April 9.
Hajj is open to those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are under the age of 65, added the statement.
Pilgrims travelling from abroad will also need to have a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their departure for Saudi Arabia, the statement added.
Last year, 58,745 pilgrims performed Hajj in the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the pandemic, some 2.5 million people used to travel every year to Saudi Arabia for Hajj.