The authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines have cancelled two more scheduled hajj flights due to shortage of pilgrims, reports UNB. With these, a total of 12 hajj flights have been cancelled since the first day of hajj flight operation on 24 July.
Shakil Meraj, general manager public relations (GMPR) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines said two more flights –one scheduled to fly at 2:55pm on Tuesday and another at 3:25am on Wednesday – were cancelled.
About flight cancellation, civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon told UNB that the Biman flights were cancelled as several thousands of pilgrims failed to get visa in timely.
A total of 177 flights were scheduled to carry the hajj pilgrims till 26 August, among them only 29 dedicated flights and 8 scheduled flights took off for Saudi so far. Some 127,198 pilgrims were scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private managements.