Bangladesh to operate special flights for migrants

Staff Correspondent  | Published: 15:54, Apr 14,2021 | Updated: 15:55, Apr 14,2021


Bangladeshi migrant workers wait outside the Saudia airlines office in Dhaka, Bangladesh for air tickets to return to Saudi Arabia on September 24, 2020. — PA Images/ABACA/Suvra Kanti Das

Bangladesh agencies on Wednesday decided to operate special flights to carry migrant workers to and from five destinations — Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Singapore — amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas minister Md Imran Ahmed said that after three days of discussion the agencies agreed to operate special flights for migrant workers during the ongoing ban on for containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘We will decide tomorrow when and how the flights to be operated,’ he told New Age, adding that the decision was made at an inter-ministry meeting held virtually.

The minister said that the meeting also agreed to ensure health guidelines for both incoming and outbound passengers.

Officials from civil aviation and tourism ministry, foreign ministry and civil aviation authority attended the virtual meeting as eight-day restrictions on public movement and overall activities came into effect on Thursday.

Recruiting agents said that several thousand migrant workers could not join their work in destination country in time due to sudden suspension of flights.

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