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Biman suspends international flights on 7 routes till October 24

  • Published at 02:06 pm September 27th, 2020
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File photo of Boeing 777-300 ER flying under the banner of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Flights to Kolkata, Delhi, Kuwait, Kathmandu, Medina, Manchester, and Bangkok will remain suspended

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has suspended all international flights on seven routes till October 24.

The national flag carrier announced the development with a notice on its website on Sunday.

Flights to Kolkata, Delhi, Kuwait, Kathmandu, Medina, Manchester, and Bangkok will remain suspended till October 24.

Earlier on August 25, Biman decided to suspend flights to Kolkata, Delhi, Kuwait, and Manchester till September 30.

An official of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, wishing anonymity, told Dhaka Tribune that Biman took the decision to extend the suspension due to passenger shortage and Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the destinations mentioned above.

If Biman were to operate flights on these routes, it would face losses, he added.

On March 21, the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) shut down all domestic and international flights in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

On June 1, CAAB permitted the resumption of operations of all domestic flights as long as they maintained social distancing and followed health guidelines. International flights resumed on June 16 on similar terms.

However, the national flag carrier is now operating scheduled flights to several destinations -- London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Riyadh, and Jeddah -- out of 16 international destinations, said Biman CEO Mokabbir Hossain.

In additions,  Biman will also operate flights to Dammam and Singapore from October 1 and to Muscat from October 2.

Besides, Biman is currently operating special and cargo flights on various routes.