Dhaka: The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has today approved Turkish Airlines and Air Arabia to resume international passenger flight services to and from the country.
Earlier, on June 16, Bangladesh resumed international flight operations following almost a three month long suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Qatar Airways and Emirates are operating limited flights to and from Bangladesh.
But a number of other international airlines have also expressed interest in resuming their flights, among which, Turkish Airlines and Air Arabia already received CAAB's permission.
Also, Turkish has started showing its flight schedules in the GDS system from July 1, thereby, travel agents have begun selling flight tickets already.
However, the airline has not made any official announcement about when they will resume flight operations.
Therefore, travel agents fear if the airline does not resume flight operations by the given date - July 1, it will cause serious inconvenience for travel agents and passengers who have already sold and purchased flight tickets respectively.
"Passengers will ask for refunds. But we, the travel agents, won't be able to provide that until the airline does it from their end," said one travel agent.
Similarly, according to reports, many other airlines have also started showing flight schedules in the GDS system without receiving approval of flight resumption from CAAB or making an official announcement of flight resumption.
Travel agents worry that these will only add to their woes in an already crisis of a time. Thus, passengers are advised not to book or purchase any flight ticket of Turkish Airlines, until the flag carrier of Turkey makes an official announcement.