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Covid-19: All flights suspended till May 30 in Bangladesh

  • Published at 09:39 am May 14th, 2020
A Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International AirportRajib Dhar
File photo of a Bangladesh Biman plane on tarmac at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Travelling via road, air and water is strictly prohibited, except for emergencies

The suspension of all domestic and international flights in Bangladesh has been extended till May 30, in line with the extension of the nationwide general holiday. 

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said this suspension would be applicable to all scheduled passenger flights. 

However, emergency flights to carry cargo and relief, air ambulance, special flights and aircrafts requiring emergency landing are out of this suspension’s purview, the statement said. 

The government issued a gazette notification on Thursday, reiterating the ban on all forms of travel via road, air and waterways as it extended the nationwide general holiday again. 

Vehicles for emergency services or carrying goods are not included in this ban, the gazette says. 

Inter-district transport services will also remain suspended during this period, and people travelling from one upazila to another, or one district to another will be strictly regulated, it further said. 

The travel ban will be strictly enforced by the district administrations and police, especially since officials are anticipating a huge rush during the Eid holidays.

“During the extended period [of general holiday], all kinds of public transport movement will be strictly restricted to prevent the transmission of the deadly coronavirus,” said Farhad Hossain, state minister for public administration.

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