Turkish Airways has started issuing return tickets to Italy-bound Bangladeshi expatriates from today.
The national flag carrier of Turkey started re-issuing return tickets in the morning from its Gulshan office to expatriate workers who have valid resident permits, Ejaz Kadry, sales and traffic official of Turkish Airlines, told The Daily Star.
Several hundred Italy-bound expatriate workers gathered at the Turkish Airlines office in Dhaka since early morning to re-issue their return tickets.
A chaotic situation was created at first in front of the office as several hundred people gathered in a queue for getting tickets.
The situation became normal after sometime, following an announcement from the airlines authority that only those who had return tickets and valid residence permit will get tickets.
The airlines authority is distributing forms to the migrant workers asking them to mention their name, mobile number, previous ticket number and expiry date of the residence card, said Ejaz Kadry.
He said higher priority will be given in issuing tickets to those workers whose residence cards expire soon.
Ejaz also said there are at least 2,000 Italy-bound passengers who have valid residence permits to go to Italy by Turkish Airlines.
According to Turkish Airways, they will only give tickets to those whose residency permit will expire by November 30.
After that, the process of giving tickets will continue gradually.
Sources at the Turkish Airlines said they will be able to carry only 60 to 70 Italy-bound passengers in one flight till November as passengers travelling to other destinations have confirmed tickets in the rest of the 200 to 210 seats.
Turkish Airlines is now operating Airbus 330s and Boeing 737 Dreamliners to operate flights on the Dhaka-Istanbul route. Turkish Airlines is operating seven flights weekly from Dhaka to Istanbul, and carries passengers to five destinations in Italy.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, no air operator will be able to carry more than 260 passengers in wide-bodied aircrafts.
Apart from Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Emirates are also carrying Bangladeshi passengers to Italy after a stopover in their respective countries, sources at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport said.