Bangladesh expands flight suspension till 30 April 2020 amid Coronavirus outbreak


Enamul Hafiz Latifee reports,

Bangladesh on Saturday, 11 April 2020 expanded the ongoing ban on flight operation till 30 April 2020 to and from all European countries and the nations that restricted the entry of Bangladeshis to their territories as well as on all domestic routes over the Coronavirus outbreak.


The commercial scheduled international flights will remain suspended till 30 April 2020 to and from 16 countries- Bahrain, Bhutan, Hongkong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, and the UK, a Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) circular said on Saturday.


Along with that, it said, all domestic flights will remain suspended till April 30 while cargo, special, air ambulance, relief carrying flights and emergency landing aircraft remain out of this ban. Currently, flights are being operated from Bangladesh to only China.


This is the third time Bangladesh extended flight suspension period as the government earlier extended it twice from 31 March to 07 April 2020 and then from 07 April to 14 April while the ban on some international flights first began on 16 March 2020.


On 21 March, the CAAB imposed a ban on commercial flight operation to and from 10 countries- Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, and India while the suspension of all domestic flight operations was started from 25 March 2020.


The circular of CAAB can be found here.


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