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Suspension of regular flights extended

  • Published at 11:27 pm April 27th, 2021
Shahjalal airport
File photo of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

Regular flights have remained suspended since April 14 when the country went into a lockdown to tackle the coronavirus surge

The authorities have decided to extend the suspension of regular flights till May 5 in light of the current Covid-19 situation.

In a notification on Tuesday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said that from April 29 to May 5, the airlines of the countries that had already been permitted to operate flights under special consideration would continue to do so in compliance with the previously issued directives.

The countries are Bangladesh, Bahrain, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Qatar, and the UAE. 

Flights to and from any other country are prohibited.

At the same time, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US Bangla Airlines, and Novoair have been allowed to continue their flight operations approved under special consideration through adhering to the earlier conditions during the period.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, a CAAB official, while seeking anonymity, said that resident permit/visa holders of – Bahrain, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Singapore, Qatar, and the UAE – are only allowed to come to Bangladesh. Transit passengers from any other country cannot enter the country without having valid a NOC from Foreign Ministry.

However, there are no such restrictions for outbound passengers from Dhaka to other countries

Airlines shall only issue boarding passes to the incoming passengers after being confirmed about the availability of seats at government facilities for institutional quarantine or passengers have the proof of hotel reservation for institutional quarantine, he said.

If seats are not available at government facilities, the passenger shall be boarded on the flight only after ensuring the confirmation of hotel reservation, he added. 

“Airlines are responsible to ensure seats for institutional quarantine from airport health department through their local agents,” he said.

Bangladesh has been experiencing a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths since late March.

Regular flights have remained suspended since April 14 when the country went into a lockdown to tackle the coronavirus surge.