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Airlines get CAAB nod to operate two Dhaka-Cox's Bazar flights daily

  • Published at 01:47 pm May 31st, 2021
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File photo: Tourists enjoy their time at a sea beach in Cox's Bazar Dhaka Tribune

On April 5, all domestic flights were suspended in line with the government's Covid-19 related directives

Nearly after two months, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has given airlines its green light to operate two flights every day on the Dhaka-Cox's Bazar route from Tuesday.

“Airlines have been allowed to operate flights on Cox's Bazar route on a limited scale. For now, they will operate two flights every day. The number will increase later," a top CAAB official told Dhaka Tribune after a CAAB meeting on Monday.

In reaction to the development, Biman Bangladesh Airlines Deputy General Manager (public relations) Tahera Khandaker said the national carrier flag will operate two flights daily from June 3 on this route.

Passengers will be able to buy tickets from Biman’s website, mobile app, call centre, and sales counter along with other travel agents and tour operators, she said.

On April 5, CAAB had suspended all domestic flights following the government directives aimed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

From April 21, however, the authorities had allowed 11 flights on six domestic routes, except Cox’s Bazar -- one of the most visited tourist spots in Bangladesh blessed with the world's longest natural sea beach.

File photo of travellers at the Cox's Bazar Airport | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Responding to Monday’s development, US-Bangla Airlines spokesperson Kamrul Islam said they already have fixed flights to and from Cox's Bazar from Tuesday in line with the CAAB directives and maintaining Covid-19 protocols.

The airline in a statement also said that their flights will leave Dhaka at 9:30am and 3:30pm every day. They will take off from Cox's Bazar at 11:05am and 5:05pm.

The minimum fare has been fixed at Tk4,299, including taxes and surcharges, for a one-way ticket and Tk8,598 for a round trip, it added.

Meanwhile, NOVOAIR said that it will also start operating Cox's Bazar flights from Tuesday in line with the new directives and health protocols.

Its daily flights will leave Dhaka at 9:30am and 3pm. The return flights from Cox's Bazar will take off at 11:05am and 4:35pm.

The airline also announced a 10% discount on tickets for all destinations for its SMILES members from June 1 to July 31.

Any passenger will be able to enjoy this offer by enrolling in SMILES membership from NOVOAIR sales offices or website.