CAAB extends domestic, int'l flight suspension till May 30
- A Monitor Desk Report 14 May, 2020 | 809 Views|-+
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka appears to be deserted amid flight suspension due to COVID-19 pandemic -- Photo: Monitor
Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, Chairman of CAAB announces extension of flight suspension till May 30 in a video message
Dhaka: The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has extended the ongoing ban on scheduled passenger flight operations, both domestic and international, till May 30 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, Chairman of CAAB made the announcement in a video message today.
The air travel ban applies to flights to and from all countries, except China. The countries are as follows: Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and the UK.
However, cargo flights, air ambulance, emergency landing, special flights, and relief carrying flights will continue to operate as usual, Rahman said.
Meanwhile, many countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Bhutan and Nepal so far operated several special chartered flights amid the flight ban to repatriate their citizens from Bangladesh.
Similarly, the Bangladesh government also facilitated chartered flights to bring back its nationals from a number of countries, including India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Maldives.
Nevertheless, Rahman further mentioned that CAAB is planning on resuming domestic and international scheduled commercial passenger flights as soon as the COVID-19 situation improves.