Domestic flights resumed after two-month COVID-19 ban

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 16:53, Jun 01,2020


Domestic flights operation resumed on Monday on Dhaka- Chattogram, Dhaka- Sylhet and Dhaka-Syedpur routes on a limited scale after more than two months of suspension amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Civil aviation and tourism ministry senior secretary Mohibul Haque told UNB that as the number of passengers was less than usual some flights had been canceled. Those flights would be operated later, he added.

He said all measures had been taken at the airports to ensure health safety of the passengers.

‘I request all passengers to follow proper hygiene rules and ensure social distancing0 while traveling by air.’

Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh chairman Air Vice-Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman said that flights on the rest of the routes would be resumed in phases.

‘We are monitoring whether the passengers and the airlines are following all the hygiene rules and other instructions,’ he said.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines managing director and CEO Mokabbir Hossain said, ‘We have started the flights from today. We will operate two flights in the morning and two in the afternoon on these three routes.’

There were eight passengers for travelling to Saidpur and 20 passengers for Dhaka on Dhaka-Saidpur route in the morning. As there was no passenger on Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Chattogram routes Biman did not operate any flight, he said.

US Bangla Airlines general manager Kamrul Islam told UNB that from Monday they would operate six flights on Dhaka-Chattogram route, one on Dhaka-Sylhet route and three on Dhaka-Saidpur route.

‘We are transporting maximum of 65 per cent passengers as per the instructions of CAAB,’ he added.

AKM Mahfuzul Alam, senior manager of Novoair said that they would operate total seven flights on these routes.

The ongoing ban on flight operations on international routes would continue till June 15 to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, according to CAAB sources.

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