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Some 1,27,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh are set to perform this year’s Hajj while the pre hajj flight will start on July 24.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon revealed this at a press briefing after an inter-ministerial meeting at the Secretariat here today. “We have taken all-out preparation to make our hajj flights operation smooth and safe for the pilgrims,” he said.

The minister warned that stern action would be taken if any individual or any syndicate found guilty in mishandling selling of hajj flight tickets.

“We won’t tolerate any harassment centering ticket selling of Hajj flights,” he said.

The minister said Biman would issue boarding passes for both pre-hajj and post-hajj flights prior to the departure of pilgrims from Bangladesh for reducing hassles on their way back to home.

Biman Bangladesh airlines will carry 63,599, the half of the total hajj pilgrims and rest of the half will be carried by Saudi Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia.

For the first time, the minister said Biman will operate direct Dhaka to Madina flight along with the regular Dhaka-Jeddha flights.

The first Biman Bangladesh airlines hajj flight will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:55 am on July 24 and reach Jeddah at 11:30 am local time.

The Biman’s post hajj flight will start on September 6 and end on October 5.

Some 4,200 pilgrims would perform hajj this year under the government management.

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