Passenger flights with China allowed until Apr 28

Staff Correspondent

21 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Passenger flights with China allowed until Apr 28

Bangladesh decided to allow operation of passenger flights with China under a special consideration after reviewing the urgency.

The decision, effective through April 28, was made with immediate effect at a meeting, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

The country has suspended all international passenger flights as part of the strict lockdown as the pandemic situation worsens. In a fresh announcement, the government has extended the lockdown until 28 April.

However, special flights to and from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Qatar and Oman continue to operate carrying expatriate workers and people with emergencies.

CAAB decided to allow flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US Bangla Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines to operate passenger flights between the two countries.

As per the terms and conditions, CAAB said that only point-to-point passengers shall be carried and all incoming and outgoing passengers shall mandatorily possess “PCR-based COVID-19 negative certificate” irrespective of vaccination.

It also mentioned that all passengers coming to Bangladesh shall have to complete a 14-day institutional

quarantine at the government-nominated facilities or at hotels at the passengers' own expenses.  Airlines shall issue boarding passes only after ensuring the institutional quarantine arrangements for every concerned passenger, it added.

As for capacity restrictions for outgoing flights from Dhaka, narrow-bodied (single isle) aircraft will face no restriction.

All Wide Bodied (twin isle) aircraft shall carry a maximum of 280 passengers, except B777 and B747 aircraft shall be entitled to carry up to 320 passengers.

As for capacity restrictions for incoming flights to Dhaka, narrow-bodied (single isle) aircraft will be able to carry a maximum of 100 passengers while wide-bodied (twin isle) aircraft will be able to carry 150 passengers.