7 special flights for migrant workers cancelled

Staff Correspondent

18 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Seven out of the 14 special flights for Bangladeshi expatriate workers from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport were cancelled on Saturday.

The flights were cancelled as authorities concerned of the respective destinations – Riyadh, Dammam, Dubai, and Jeddah – did not give the landing permission.

Of those cancelled flights, five were of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and two of Flydubai. The Flydubai flights were cancelled due to passenger shortage.

The government decided to operate special flights to five countries, including four countries in the Middle East with a high concentration of Bangladeshi workers, from April 17.

The national flag carrier’s special flight got cancelled as they did not get permission from Saudi authorities, said Biman’s spokesperson Tahera Khandaker.

Biman announced that the Saudi Arabia-bound special flights will be operated from Sunday.

Saudi Arabia-bound migrant workers staged protests inside the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday after the scheduled special flight of Biman Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia were cancelled.

The government has suspended operations of all domestic and international passenger flights to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country during the strict lockdown, which came into effect on April 14.