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Flight suspension extended for another week

Flight suspension extended for another week

Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) in the wake of a massive spike of Covid-19 on Monday (Apr 19) extended ongoing ban on operation of all international and domestic flights for one more week following the government’s decision to extend ongoing nationwide lockdown till Apr 28.

The restriction on international passenger flight operation is extended with effect from 00:01 BST (Bangladesh Standard Time) on 21 April 2021 until 23:59 BST on 28 April 2021, CAAB said in a circular.

The aviation regulatory body also issued another identical circular announcing the domestic flight operation ban till Apr 28.

No restriction will however be imposed on the movement of chartered flights, cargo flights, air ambulance and special flights.

Amid the flight suspension, special flights to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, UAE, and Singapore will continue so that stranded Bangladeshi expatriate workers here can go back to their workplaces, CAAB official source said.

On Apr 11, the CAAB suspended operation of all international passenger flights to and from Bangladesh for a week from Apr 14 following government guidance and instruction.

Earlier, CAAB suspended passenger flight operations on all domestic routes following week long countrywide restriction from Apr 5.

Last year, Bangladesh suspended all commercial flights for more than three months with a view to contain the outbreak of the pandemic.