Special flights for migrant workers resume

Staff Correspondent

19 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Biman Bangladesh Airlines and other carriers resumed the special flights for stranded Bangladeshi workers on Sunday after Saturday’s flight cancellation for not getting the landing permission in Saudi Arabia. 

Twelve pre-scheduled flights left Dhaka on Sunday, carrying migrant workers to different destinations.

Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan, director of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, said, “No flights were cancelled today (Sunday). A total of 24 flights – 12 inbounds and 12 outbound flights – were scheduled for the day and all the flights landed and departed without any major problem.”

Among the 12 special international flights, four were operated by Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Biman managed permission from Saudi authorities to operate special flights to Dammam and Riyadh.

The national flag carrier didn’t need to take fresh permission to operate flights in Jeddah.

Tahera Khandaker, deputy general manager (public relations) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said, “We have operated all our special flights smoothly. We have prioritised the passengers who got stuck due to flight cancellation on Saturday.”

“We kept all the passengers of a cancelled flight in a hotel and made phone calls to the passengers of other flights to inform them about the update,” she added.

Apart from Biman’s four flights, Emirates, Etihad, Flydubai, Saudia, and Oman Air  operated one flight each and US-Bangla operated three special flights on the day.

The first flight operated by Flydubai left Dhaka airport for Dubai at 3:08am on early Sunday and the last flight by US Bangla departed Dhaka at 9:15pm for Muscat.

Badiuzzaman Badal, a stranded worker who was waiting for his flight to Saudi Arabia, said, “I took all necessary preparations yesterday (Saturday) morning to come to Dhaka from Sirajganj. But I was informed at the last moment that my flight was cancelled.” “The Biman authorities phoned me to inform that my flight has been scheduled today. I hope there will not be any more problem,” he added.