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BD extends ban on almost all passenger flights until April 7

China flights still in operation

Published: March 28, 2020 19:25:04 | Updated: March 29, 2020 09:47:40

BD extends ban on almost all passenger flights until April 7

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh or CAAB has extended ban on all domestic flights and almost all international flights to Apr 07 amid a shutdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, reports bdnews24.com.

CAAB spokesman Mohammad Sohel Kamruzzaman said on Saturday that they have extended the ban by a week.

Cargo flights will operate normally, he added.

Bangladesh and most other countries have already put unprecedented travel curbs to battle the pandemic.

Bangladesh has suspended public transport and closed offices for 10 days until Apr 04 to keep people at home as part of efforts to stem the outbreak. Schools and other educational institutions will remain closed until Apr 09.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Friday said its last flights to the UK, which was not under the purview of a ban on arrivals from Europe, will leave Dhaka on Tuesday and return the following day.

Besides Europe, Bangladesh suspended air connectivity with India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Oman and Singapore on March 21.

Out of the rest of the flights, those to and from Thailand were also stopped.

Now, some flights to and from China are still operating, officials said.


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