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Charter flight ready to take more Americans back home

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 3rd April, 2020 08:26:18 PM
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Charter flight ready to take more Americans back home
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The US government will send a second chartered flight to Dhaka on Sunday to take back its nationals and their family members, who seeks voluntary return to home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Bangladesh have arranged a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and their families departing Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday, April 5, “the US Embassy in Dhaka said yesterday (Friday).

However, the US embassy did not disclose the number of returnees.

Earlier on March 30, the first batch of 269 US citizens, including several diplomats and their family members left Dhaka in a charted flight.

“This flight will include a Dhaka to Doha, Qatar leg and an onward connecting flight to Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.   Passengers will remain on the airplane in Doha,” the US Embassy said in its updated message available in embassy website.

“This flight is not free.  All passengers will need to reimburse the U.S. Government for the cost of the flight.  A legal document, called a promissory note, for the full cost of the flight must be signed by each adult passenger before boarding.  Currently, we do not know the cost of each ticket.  No cash or credit card payments will be accepted at the airport,” reads the embassy message.

Earlier on March 29, the spokesperson of the US Embassy in Dhaka told media that the voluntary return of the US citizens from Bangladesh is not a unique case as US citizens from other countries are also returning to America based on their personal choices.

“It’s not just happening in Bangladesh. This is not unique for Bangladesh…this is a temporary measure and the US citizens will be returning to Bangladesh again once the situation improves globally,” the spokesperson added.

It may be mentioned that a total of 327 foreign nationals, including 295 Japanese citizens flew to Japan from Bangladesh on April 2 by a chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines following coronavirus situation in the country.

Also on March 25, a total 225 Malaysian and on March 26 some 139 Bhutanese left Dhaka to their respective homes through chartered flights.