Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) has urged Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Saudia Airlines to operate extra flights to accommodate Umrah pilgrim passengers from Bangladesh.
This association sent a letter to the Biman and Saudia Airlines authorities on Thursday, asking them to consider operating extra flights from Dhaka to Jeddah and Madina between March 1 to April 23. They also requested to keep the airfare at an acceptable level.
According to the letter, following the significance of Umrah for Bangladeshi Muslims, many Bangladeshi citizens wish to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for performing the holy pilgrimage, and it is the responsibility of the travel agents and airlines to provide them with the best possible travel experience.
“With the easing of travel restrictions after the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for the Umrah pilgrimage has been increasing rapidly, and we believe that additional flights from DAC to JED and MED will help to meet this demand and provide much-needed relief to the Umrah passengers,” the letter stated.
ATAB has been receiving information from their member travel agencies regarding the insufficient flights from DAC to JED and MED, especially during the peak Umrah season. Many of these passengers have been facing difficulties in obtaining tickets.
In light of such a situation, ATAB wrote to Biman and Saudia Airlines to ease the process for passengers.