Enamul Hafiz Latifee reports,
Bangladesh today, 22 April 2020 brought back its 353 nationals who were stranded in India and Singapore due to flight suspension amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 168 Bangladeshi nationals from Chennai and 185 others from Singapore arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) by chartered flights of US-Bangla airlines and Singapore Airlines respectively.
“Our special flight operated by Boeing 737-800 ER aircraft arrived at HSIA at 3:50 pm from Chennai carrying 164 adults and four infants passengers,” General Manager of the airline Kamrul Islam told BSS.
He said the passengers bore the cost of their own tickets for the flight while the airline would operate two identical chartered flights from Chennai on 24 and 25 April on the same schedule to bring back nearly 330 more Bangladeshi citizens.
Earlier, 185 Bangladeshi citizens returned from Singapore by a Singapore Airlines chartered flight that also took back 98 Singaporean nationals who were stranded here amid COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Singapore Airlines flight landed here with 185 Bangladeshi returnees at 12:15 pm and took off HSIA with 98 Singaporean nationals at 2:10 PM,” Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) spokesperson M Sohel Kamruzzaman told media.
As per the government decision, all returnee Bangladeshis will be sent to 14-day institutional quarantine under the management of the Armed Forces Division (AFD) if they fail to show the medical certificate at the airport on their arrival here.
On 03 April, the foreign ministry here in a statement said the government is firmly committed to bringing back quickly the citizens, who got stuck in India and other countries, once the situation becomes convenient.