The country’s four local airlines including national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh so far cancelled 10 flights and rescheduled others mostly on domestic routes since this morning as the severe cyclone is passing over Bangladesh.
Novoair was forced to cancel highest seven flights while Biman, US- Bangla Airlines and Regent Airways each cancel one of their flight since this morning, officials of the airlines told BSS.“We have cancelled Dhaka-Chattogram-Dhaka flight and delayed our morning’s Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka flight to afternoon,” said Biman’s General Manager (PR) Shakil Meraj said.
Mesbah-ul-Islam, marketing and sales head of Novoair, operates highest number of domestic flights currently, said they cancelled six domestic flights – three to Chattogram and one each to Jashore, Cox’s Bazar and Saidpur and one international flight to Kolkata.
“So far, we had to cancel only our Saidpur flight, however, we rescheduled other flights including the Kolkata one,” said US-Bangla Airlines General Manager (Marketing Support & PR) Kamrul Islam.
Besides, Regent Airways cancelled its Kolkata flight as the Indian civil aviation authority shut down Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport there due to the Fani, Regent Airways director marketing and sales Sohail Majid said.
The Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) is keeping country’s all the airports operational with extra causation under weather alert due to the Fani.
“Our all airports are functioning following standard operating procedure (SOP) with due caution,” CAAB’s Member (Operation) Air Commodore M Mostafizur Rahman said.