The first Hajj flight will depart from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with 419 pilgrims
Hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year's holy Hajj will begin from Thursday.
A flight of Biman Bangladesh airlines carrying the first batch will leave Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on Thursday morning, reports BSS.
One of the Biman Bangladesh airlines officials confirmed the news and said: "The first Hajj flight (BG-3001), will depart from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:15am with 419 pilgrims onboard."
The official added: "State Minster for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali and State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Md Abdullah are expected to be present at the airport to see off the pilgrims."
Some 1,27,198 pilgrims from Bangladesh are set to perform Hajj this year. Biman will carry 63,599 passengers, which is about half of the number of total hajj pilgrims.
The remaining pilgrims will be flown by Saudi Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia from July 6.
For the first time this year, the immigration formalities of some Bangladeshi pilgrims will be completed in Dhaka.
Four Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts of Biman are going to operate 189 pre-Hajj flights, 157 dedicated and 32 scheduled flights from Thursday to August 5.
The airlines will also operate 11 flights to Madina from Dhaka for the first time this year. Apart from Dhaka, 19 hajj flights will be operated from Chittagong and three will fly from Sylhet.
From August 17 to September 15, Biman will operate 176 post-Hajj flights, 147 dedicated and 29 scheduled flights.