Dhaka has urged Riyadh to increase flight frequency between Bangladesh and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to facilitate quick return of Bangladeshi migrant workers to their workplaces in the gulf nation.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen made the call during a telephone conversation with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al-Saud yesterday evening.
Momen welcomed the Saudi Araba's decision of renewing visa and extending iqama (work permit) period of the stranded Bangladeshi migrants.
He also requested his Saudi counterpart to allow Biman Bangladesh Airlines to operate flights between Dhaka and Dammam.
The KSA has already given permission to the Bangladeshi national flag carrier to operate commercial flights from Dhaka to Riyadh, Madinah and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia from October 1.
Huge number of Bangladeshis, who returned to Bangladesh from KSA before the coronavirus pandemic, have been stuck in the country due to the flight suspension following the global lockdown.
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia declared it would renew expired visas and extend iqamas of Bangladeshis following a request from Dhaka on Tuesday.
On Thursday, the foreign minister confirmed that the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority has given landing permission for commercial scheduled flights of Biman from October 1.
Meanwhile, CAAB has allowed Saudi Arabian Airlines to operate four weekly flights from October 1.