A total of 195 Bangladeshis stranded in Canada, due to the pandemic, returned to Dhaka yesterday by a special chartered flight of Qatar Airways.
"Carrying the passengers, the flight landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 7:41am," a duty-supervisor at HSIA told The Daily Star.
The flight departed from Toronto on Wednesday night (Canada time) and took one-hour technical stopover in Doha.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada M Mizanur Rahman and Bangladesh Consul General in Toronto Nayem Uddin Ahmed saw off the passengers at Toronto international airport, Bangladesh High Commission in Canada said in a press release.
The travelling passengers include mostly Bangladeshi students studying in different colleges and universities in Canada, Bangladeshis who went there on tourist and business visas and some expatriate Bangladeshis.
Bangladesh foreign ministry in coordination with Bangladesh High Commission in Canada arranged the flight, following request of the stranded Bangladeshis.
Bangladesh extended ban on regular passenger flights across all countries except China till May 30.
The government so far repatriated stranded Bangladeshis from different countries -- including Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, USA, Australia, UK and South Korea.