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Turkish Airlines fined Tk 3 lakh

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:18 PM, 15 January 2021  

Turkish Airlines fined Tk 3 lakh

Turkish Airlines fined Tk 3 lakh

Authorities at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport fined Turkish Airlines Tk 3 lakh for bringing three passengers who did not have Covid-19 negative certificate.

The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul landed at Dhaka airport on Wednesday afternoon had no Covid-19 negative certificate for the three-passengers who returned to Bangladesh from the USA with a stopover in Turkey.

Before leaving the United States, the three passengers were checked by a doctor and certified that they did not have any symptoms of coronavirus. But none of them underwent the scheduled PCR test for the Covid-19 test.

Turkish Airlines knew that if they bring any passenger from Istanbul to Dhaka without having a PCR test report, they would have to pay a fine after the flight reaches Dhaka. They even offloaded 10 passengers who wanted to go to Dhaka from Istanbul that day because they did not have the Covid-19 negative certificates. Even then, the three passengers from the United States were able to board on Dhaka bound flight due to negligence of checkers. 

Executive Magistrate Ahmed Jamil said that the passengers were given time before they were fined to check whether they had left their certificates somewhere or not. Turkish Airlines was later fined Tk 3 lakh for making sure they did not bring any Covid-19 negative certificates. The three passengers have also been sent to the official quarantine.

He also said that if anyone want to come to Bangladesh from abroad, he/she have to take a PCR test with a sample with 72 hours or less left before the start of the flight and bring a negative report. There is no compromise in this regard. Airlines will face trial if they violate this rule. The passengers will go to the institutional quarantine run by the Bangladesh Army.

The Shahjalal International Airport authorities have so far fined 16 airlines Tk 30 lakh for transporting passengers without Covid-19 negative certificates.