Saudia begins Hajj operations from Dhaka

The first flight carried 400 pilgrims to Jeddah

- Monitor Online Desk Date: 25 May, 2023
Saudia begins Hajj operations from Dhaka

The first hajj flight operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka today at 2:00 am. A Boeing 777-300ER carried 400 Bangladeshi pilgrims to Jeddah.

Saudia’s hajj operations in 2023 were formally inaugurated at a ceremony held at the Ashkona Hajj Camp, last night. The ceremony was attended by Essa Yousef Essa Alduhailan, Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh as the chief guest. Saiful Islam, Director hajj, Ministry of Religious Affairs; Air Commodore Md. Readad Hossain, Member– ATM, CAAB; Group Captain Muhammed Kamrul Islam, Executive Director, HSIA; M. Shahadat Hossain Taslim, President HAAB; Abdus Salam Aref, Secretary General, ATAB, HSIA; Saudia Manager in Bangladesh Tarik Alowaidi, and Ahmed Yusuf Walid, Managing Director of Saudia GSA in Bangladesh spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Saudi Ambassador said, “The Saudi Embassy is sincerely working to issue visas to Bangladeshi pilgrims as fast as possible. We are simultaneously issuing employment visas without any interruption.”

He mentioned that due to the existing good relationship between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, hajj management has become easier. This year, Saudi immigration formalities for pilgrims are being completed in Dhaka.

This year, Saudia will carry 43,500 pilgrims from Bangladesh to Jeddah and Medina by 109 flights. The holy hajj is expected to be held on June 27 subject to the sighting of the moon.


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