127,198 Hajj Quota Approved for Bangladesh, Saudi Air to ferry 50%

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The Biman Bangladesh Airlines will carry 50% of the Hajj pilgrims like it did in the previous year. Saudi Airlines will arrange flights for the other 50% pilgrims.

 

 

 

7,198 will visit Saudi Arabia under government management, while 120,000 others will do so under non-government management,” he said.

Motiur added: “The Biman Bangladesh Airlines will carry 50% of the Hajj pilgrims like it did in the previous year. Saudi Airlines will arrange flights for the other 50% people.

“The Saudi government imposed a 5% VAT on all their products and services from 1st January.” Due to this VAT there might be hike the prices of housing, food and transportation in Saudi Arabia. However, he assured that the ministry will make an effort to ensure that the Hajj pilgrims are not affected by it.

Responding to a query, the minister stated that so far 229,764 people have completed pre-registration for Hajj.

Bangladesh Hajj Management Portal Official website

“After scrutiny, the registration process will start from 1st February  and will continue till 28th February 2018.  Bangladesh Government has requested, Saudi government to increase quota for Bangladeshi pilgrims this year and they have agreed to consider the matter. Government is yet to set the Hajj package fees. It would take two more weeks to announce the fees, after knowing the details related to VAT.

Minister has assured to take strict action against the complaints related to alleged Hajj agencies. There are various complaints against 245 agencies and the allegations are under investigation.

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