Direct flight from Sylhet to Madinah in Saudi Arabia has started. Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG-237 left for Madinah at 6:30 pm on Wednesday. District Manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Mohammad Badshah Fahad informed this information. The first flight has a total of 268 passengers, including 175 from Sylhet, most of whom are going to perform Umrah.
Biman’s manager said that considering the convenience of passengers performing Umrah, direct flights from Sylhet to Madina on Wednesdays and Madina to Sylhet on Thursdays will be operated from now on. Before this Sylhet-Jeddah direct flight started on October 24, 2022.
A doa mahfil was organized at the Osmani airport lounge on Wednesday evening with Umrah passengers on the occasion of the launch of the flight. Osmani International Airport Director of Civil Aviation Authority Hafiz Ahmed, Biman’s Sylhet District Manager Mohammad Badshah Fahad and other officials were present.
Director of Osmani Airport Hafiz Ahmed said, ‘Direct flight from Sylhet to Jeddah has already started. There are flights from Sylhet to Jeddah every Monday, returning directly to Sylhet on Tuesday. On the other hand, there will be a direct flight from Sylhet to Madinah on Wednesday and return on Thursday. Those who want to perform Umrah in Sylhet can complete Umrah within a week and return home.
Meanwhile, another flight is being added to the Jeddah route from tomorrow Thursday. In other words, two flights of Biman will go from Sylhet to Jeddah and one flight will go to Madinah.
Khandaker Sipar Ahmad, former director of FBCCI said, ‘There is religious sentiment associated with direct flights to Madinah in Saudi Arabia. If it starts, the suffering of the commuters of Sylhet region will be reduced to a great extent.
Hajj Agencies of Bangladesh (HAB) Sylhet region president Zahirul Kabir Chowdhury Shiru said, launching flights to Madina was our long-standing demand. He demanded to expand the scope of this flight in the future considering the needs of the passengers.
President of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) Sylhet Chapter Ziaur Rahman Khan Rezwan said, ‘Direct flight from Sylhet to Madina is a timely decision. As a result, the devout Muslims of Sylhet will be able to perform Umrah in less time.