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Special flights for stranded Bangladeshis in Australia, UK, Malaysia, USA

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Published: 12:24, May 03,2020 | Updated: 00:26, May 04,2020

 
 

The government will operate special chartered flights to bring back home Bangladeshi citizens who have been stranded in Australia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and the United States since the suspension of international flights after the COVID-19 outbreak.

A special flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines is scheduled to reach the Heathrow Airport in  London on May 10 and depart for Dhaka on the same day, according to a press release of the High Commission of Bangladesh in London.

A good number of Bangladeshi students having registered with the high commission are expected to return home availing the flight.

The high commission also called upon all Bangladeshi citizens who are willing to return to Bangladesh to urgently register with the high commission at the following link https://forms.gle/4x4JKfy9jxGDaujL7.  

Prospective passengers will be registered on a first-come-first-serve basis and subject to the availability of seats at the chartered flights.

The high commission team will get in touch, after the registration, with all registered passengers to notify them further details about the flight.

Potential passengers currently stranded in Bangladesh and willing to return to the UK availing the chartered flight should urgently register with the Bangladesh Air Force Welfare Trust at the following link https://www.baf.mil.bd/bafwt/tickets.php.

The government is also set out to arrange for chartered flights to bring back home Bangladeshi citizens stranded in Australia, Malaysia and the United States, according to foreign ministry officials.

Bangladesh high commissioner in Australia Sufiur Rahman told New Age that the high commission expedited efforts to charter a Malaysian airlines aircraft to carry about 280 passengers from Sydney to Dhaka on May 7 or 8.

Bangladesh citizens stranded in Australia will be given priority over permanent residents and dual citizens.

Passengers will have to carry certificates that mention either coronavirus symptom-free or tested negative.

Schedules for operating chartered flights from Malaysia and the USA will be announced soon, officials said.

About 400 Bangladeshi citizens will return home by chartered flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai by May 5, according to Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.

Several thousand Bangladesh people returned home from different countries in the last two weeks. 

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