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UK sets 5 more flights from Bangladesh

Published : 27 Apr 2020 08:48 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 09:16 PM

An additional five charter flights will bring home more than 1,250 British travellers to the UK from Bangladesh, the High Commissioner said.

Those Dhaka-London flights will be on 29 April, 1 May, 3 May, 5 May, and 7 May, High Commissioner Robert Dickson in a video message said on Sunday.

This brings the total number of special charter flights organised by the UK government from Bangladesh to nine.
Once completed, they will have brought back more than 2,100 British travellers in total, the High Commission said. Tickets will cost £600 each.

Four in-country connecting flights between Sylhet and Dhaka are also taking place. These will run on 29 April and 1, 5, and 7 May.
Given the number of people who have already registered for a flight, the majority of seats are likely to be allocated to people who are already on waitlists, having registered via the CTM website.

To register interest in a future flight, and for more information, British travellers should visit the travel advice pages for Bangladesh, the High Commission said.

One of the outbound planes from the UK will carry United Nations staff and medical professionals who are deploying to support the COVID-19 response in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Foreign Office Minister of State Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon said this weekend, a total of 850 British travellers are due to return to the UK from Bangladesh on the first phase of their special chartered flights.

“I’m pleased we have now announced five additional flights which will enable over a thousand more Brits to come back home,” he said.
“Our teams in Bangladesh and the UK continue to work around the clock to support British nationals during this difficult time and get them home safely.”

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the Foreign and Office (FCO) says, they have worked consistently with governments, air carriers and travel companies to minimise disruption and help British travellers return home safely – supported with £75 million for special charter flights to priority countries, focused on helping the most vulnerable people.