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Around 75 percent of advance air tickets for travel during Eid-ul-Adha celebrations have already been sold.
Bangladesh Biman and other private airlines will also operate additional flights on the domestic routes apart from the scheduled ones to tackle huge rush of passengers.
Officials of the airlines said the air travel is becoming popular as a safer and faster trip.
All domestic routes, including Saidpur, Rajshahi, Jashore, Barishal, Sylhet, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar face a huge rush of passengers during Eid holidays, they informed.
During Eid festival, they find it difficult to cope with increasing number of passengers on Saidpur, Rajshahi, Jessore and Barisal routes as they cannot operate big aircraft on these routes for inadequate facilities in the airports, sources said.
On the other hand, the opposite situation prevails on Sylhet, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar routes where they can easily handle pressure of excessive passengers during Eid festival with big aircraft.
All the airlines sold their 70-75 percent advance Eid tickets.
Biman has sold 75 percent tickets, Regent Airways 74 percent, Novo Air 70 percent and US Bangla almost sold out their advance Eid tickets.
Biman’s general manager (Public Relations) Shakil Miraj said they have sold out all tickets for Rajshahi and Saidpur and around 75 percent tickets for other routes.
They are considering increasing additional flights on Rajshahi and Saidpur routes, he added.
US-Bangla Airlines general manager Md Kamrul Islam told Bangladesh Post that they have decided to operate 17 additional flights on four domestic routes for the convenience of homebound people before the holy occasion.
If demand goes high, the company will add more additional flights after August 10.
Novo air also increase its flight frequencies on domestic routes on the Eid vacation, considering the need for safe and comfortable journey; it will operate two additional flights on Saidpur, Jashore and one additional flight on Rajshahi four days prior to Eid.
Niladri Maharatna, senior media communication executive of Novo Air, said they have announced 10 percent discount on purchasing Eid tickets through Novo mobile apps using the promo code NOVOAIRAPP.
Regent Airways Chief Operating Officer Hanif Zakaria said, “We are having a huge demand of Eid advance tickets, therefore 75 percent of tickets have already been sold.

Anwar Hossain