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 Staff Correspondent
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has issued a notice to Hajj agencies asking them to buy remaining tickets immediately, as 16,000 of 63,600 seats still remain unsold.
“All Hajj agents are requested to procure their required tickets immediately, to avoid complexity in transporting Hajj Pilgrims at the last moment,” said a press release of Biman on Wednesday, Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj confirmed.
From the notice it is known that till that day, 45,779 tickets were issued by the agencies, while 16000 seats remain unsold for the hajj flights between July 24 to August 18. It may also be taken as a warning that no additional slot will be allotted by Saudi authorities this year.
Shakil Meraj said “We would like to carry all our intending pilgrims, we don’t want to leave anyone behind. For that, we are urging all hajj agencies to buy tickets in favour of their registered pilgrims soon.”
Biman Bangladesh Airlines, he said, is very cautious this time to check any kind of complexity in hajj flight operations as Saudi authorities have already declared that they won’t be able to provide any additional flight to Biman this year before the Hajj.
Hajj Office director Saiful Islam said, ‘we also know that a large number of tickets still remain unsold, this is why they issued notice to agencies. I hope the agencies will be able to purchase tickets by the time schedule stated in the notice’.
This year, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will transport approximately 63,600 pilgrims between July 14 and Aug 15 on 187 flights, Biman’s official sources said.
Biman started selling tickets for this year’s Hajj flights from May 27 on “first come first served basis”.
It is to be noted, last year Biman had to cancel 24 scheduled hajj flights as agencies were reluctant to send the pilgrims much before Hajj.