Bangladesh resumes international flights after 3 months of COVID-19 halt

Bangladesh resumes international flights after 3 months of COVID-19 halt

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s nationwide provider Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumed worldwide flights on Sunday (June 21) after a niche of three months as a result of coronavirus outbreak.

The maiden flight of BG001 787-8 Dreamliner plane departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for London with 187 passengers on board, airline’s Deputy General Manager (Public Relations) Tahera Khandaker instructed The Daily Star.

Passengers from Dhaka to London route don’t require well being certificates declaring that they aren’t contaminated with COVID-19, mentioned Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

But they must fill-up a well being declaration kind as per the International Civil Aviation Organization’s pointers, he added.

The CAAB chief additionally mentioned that each one London-bound passengers must keep in quarantine for 14 days as per the coverage of that nation.

The nationwide provider will primarily function one weekly flight – on Sundays – on the Dhaka-London-Dhaka route, the report mentioned.

The passengers have been supplied hand sanitiser, gloves and masks, mentioned Tahera.

Instead of typical in-flight dishes, passengers have been supplied dry meals in meals bins, according to pointers supplied by the International Civil Aviation Organization following the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, she mentioned, including that passengers have been additionally not served any chilly drinks.

Since mid-February, the airline regularly suspended flight operations on all 18 worldwide routes as a result of world COVID-19 pandemic. On March 30, Biman operated its final official flight on the London-Dhaka route, the report mentioned.

Earlier, on March 21, the CAAB shut down all home and worldwide flights in an effort to include the unfold of COVID-19 within the nation.

On June 1, CAAB permitted operation of all home flights sustaining social distancing and following well being pointers.

The loss of life toll from the novel coronavirus an infection in Bangladesh has climbed to 1,464 after 39 fatalities have been registered throughout the nation on Sunday, bdnews24.Com reported.

Another 3,531 folks examined positive for COVID-19 within the 24 hours, elevating the tally of infections to 112,306, in keeping with the well being directorate. 

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