The government has decided to allow airlines operating special flights to five countries — Saudi Arabi, Oman, Qatar, UAE and Singapore — from April 17 so that stranded Bangladeshi expatriate workers here can go back their workplaces.
The decision was taken on Thursday at a virtual inter-ministerial meeting chaired by foreign secretary Masud bin Momen.
“At the meeting, we have decided to allow the airlines to operate special flights to four Middle East countries and Singapore from April 17 so that our expatriate brothers can reach their host countries,” said CAAB chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman after the meeting.
A large numbers of expatriate Bangladeshi workers have been stuck here as the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) imposed a ban on all commercial international and domestic flight operations for one week from April 14 to check the new spike of COVID-19.
The ban has forced to cancel more than 500 regular flights as currently 70 to 75 flights have been operated to and from Dhaka per day.
The movement of chartered flights, cargo flights, air ambulance and special flights are kept out of the restriction.
Earlier, CAAB suspended passenger flight operations on all domestic routes following weeklong countrywide restriction from April 5.
Last year, Bangladesh suspended all commercial flights for more than three months to check outbreak of the pandemic.