Special flights for expat workers from Saturday
Published: 03:55 PM, 16 April 2021
The Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment has arranged special flights for the expatriate workers who are stranded in the country due to the lockdown announced by the government or want to go abroad as workers.
These special flights will be launched from Saturday. Hundreds of flights will be operated in the next one week under the direction of the government.
Expatriate workers will be sent from Bangladesh by Biman Bangladesh Airlines and private US-Bangla Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Southern Airlines, Etihad Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Fly Dubai, Qatar Airlines and other domestic flights.
Confirming the matter, Air Vice Marshal ABM Mofizur Rahman, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), said the Civil Aviation will operate each flight in compliance with the hygiene rules considering the expatriates. “The issue of hygiene on the flight will be taken seriously.”
The government is making arrangements for expatriates to fly to several countries, including Saudi Arabia, CAAB chairman also said, adding that “many have already booked tickets while others went there and booked hotels for quarantine.”
It is learned that with the launch of special flights, expatriates from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, and Singapore will be able to go to work from Bangladesh. However, the recruiting agencies will make arrangements to take the outbound passengers to the airport in compliance with the hygiene rules including the COVID negative certificate.
On the other hand, the expatriates will be able to come to the country in case of an emergency with the clearance certificate of Bangladesh Mission and the Covid Negative Certificate. However, they have to abide by the quarantine conditions.
It is to be mentioned that all types of international flights from Bangladesh were shut down as the lockdown started on April 14. However, considering the plight of the expatriates, the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) and the Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB) demanded foreign flights be resumed.