News 24 Desk
14 July ,Saturday, 2018
Biman's regular flights on all its 15 international routes are set to face
disruptions as the airline will use four of its Boeing planes for hajj flights
starting this morning. Out of its small fleet of 13 aircraft, Biman Bangladesh
Airlines operates two planes on its domestic and regional routes. The airlines
would not be able to maintain flight schedule on the international routes with
the remaining seven aircraft, said its insiders.
Besides, the national flag carrier is not allowed to fly newly-leased aircraft to
Saudi Arabia as per a ban from the country. Biman has already stopped selling
tickets to Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam -- its most commercially viable
destinations -- for the next two months, said the insiders, adding that the
airline made the move fearing the flights would not run on schedule.During hajj
every year, Biman operates flights with leased aircraft and also suspends its
operation on different international routes to ensure smooth flights for a large
number of pilgrims from Bangladesh.