Airlines to operate 100 special flights to Middle East, Singapore from April 17

Flights to carry migrant workers back to their workplaces
Something is perennially wrong with Biman Bangladesh Airlines. PHOTO: BIMAN

Biman Banglaesh airlines and others will operate around 100 special flights to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, UAE and Singapore for a week from April 17 to carry migrant workers to their respective workplaces.

The national flag carrier will operate special flights to Dammam, Jeddah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha and Singapore from 6:00am tomorrow.

The passengers were asked to arrive at the airport six hours before the scheduled flight with a negative Covid-19 certificate, the airline said in a press release.

The Riyadh-bound special flight BG5039 will leave the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 6:15am on April 17 instead of 4:00am, the airlines also said.

The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday evening, Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, told The Daily Star after the meeting that took place around 10:00pm.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen presided over the meeting.

On April 11, Caab suspended operation of all international passenger flights to and from Bangladesh for a week from April 14 following government guidance and instructions.

The fates of around 20,000 to 25,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers regarding going to their workplaces in different countries was put in uncertainty due to the weeklong ban.


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