Bangladesh-China flights to run under ‘special consideration’

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has allowed operation of Dhaka-China passenger flights from today (Wednesday) under special consideration.

M Mafidur Rahman, Chairman of CAAB said on Tuesday, “Chinese citizens are working in many development projects in Bangladesh. The decision has been taken giving priority to expatriate workers as well as their travel.”

Mafidur Rahman said, "From Wednesday, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US Bangla Airlines, China Eastern and China Southern Airlines will operate Dhaka-China flights under special consideration. Passanger will have to comply with the health protocols."

Transit passengers will now be able to travel to six international destinations from Bangladesh, he added.

Earlier, in the midst of an all-out lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, CAAB had ordered closure of all flights at home and abroad until April 28.

But 12 airlines were allowed to operate flights for expatriates from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Singapore from April 17. Through these airlines, transit can be done in these five countries as well as in other countries. Moreover, expatriates can go to other countries even after transit in China.

However, no one will be able to come to Bangladesh through transit, such instructions are going to be issued soon.

Meanwhile, cargo planes, special or chartered flights, air ambulances could operate with permission.

According to the health protocols, it is mandatory for foreign passengers to submit the Covid-19 negative certificate within 72 hours. On the other hand, home bound passengers will have to stay in the institutional quarantine or hotel isolation for 14 days at their own cost.