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Domestic flights resume today amid lockdown

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government has reopened domestic flights from Friday although the strict lockdown will continue till 10th August.

The airlines will operate domestic flights in different routes of the country following all necessary COVID-19 safety protocols and health guidelines.

Cabinet Division issued a notification in this regard on Thursday.

The country is observing a strict lockdown from July 1 with a break from July 15 to July 22 due to Eid-ul-Azha as the virus infections surge.

During the week-long break, the transport services including the domestic flights were reopened.

From July 23, all the transport services were suspended again until August 5. Then it was extended to August 10.

But the government on Thursday decided to reopen the regular domestic flights.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) allowed the airlines to carry international travelers during the lockdown.

The decision was taken after protests from the international passengers who were at risk of being stranded due to suspension of all transports during the strict lockdown.

The international flights were never suspended during the strict lockdown which began since July 1.

Considering the matter, the airlines were allowed to operate domestic flights in limited scale from July 2 only to carry passengers of international flights.

Currently, the state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, private US-Bangla Airlines and NovoAir are operating domestic flights in the country.