Special flights will be operated from Saturday to Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Singapore mainly to facilitate travel of the expatriate Bangladeshi workers.
Biman Bangladeshi Airlines and other carriers including national carriers of the respective countries will be able to operate special flights in this regard.
The decision was taken at an emergency virtual inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday.
Among the expatriate Bangladeshi workers who wish to travel to these countries mentioned above having BMET clearance issued by the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment, will be given priority to go abroad.
However, in the case of these countries, those who have a visit visa, but do not have BMET clearance, will not get priority in going abroad. Bangladeshis who travel to the UAE for work with a visit visa can apply for a BMET clearance.
During the lockdown, those who wish to travel to countries other than the five mentioned countries in case of emergency will be able to travel on special flights as transit-passengers subject to clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will operate flights on eight destinations in five countries from 8 am on Saturday to pick up the expatriates trapped in the ongoing lockdown.
The state-owned airline will operate special flights to these destinations to take back Bangladeshi expatriates to their workplace amid all restrictions on Covid-19.
Biman will operate special flights to Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Muscat, Doha, and Singapore.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Deputy General Manager (Public Relations) Tahera Khandaker said the airline is going to start operating special flights to these destinations from 8am on Saturday.
Reserved passengers on scheduled flights after 6 am on Saturday are requested to arrive at the airport six (six) hours before departure with a coronavirus negative certificate, according to a press release issued by Biman on Thursday.
The special flight BG 5039 to Riyadh on April 17 will leave at 6:15 am instead of 4 am.
For more information, the release also requested to contact any Biman Sales Office or Biman Call Center.
US-Bangla Airlines will operate special flights to four international destinations from Saturday amid the prevailing pandemic situation.
According to a US-Bangla press release on Friday, the private airline will operate flights to Dubai, Muscat, Doha and Singapore from Saturday (April 18). Each of the international routes will be operated by 164-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.