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The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has decided to allow Turkish Airlines and Air Arabia to operate flights from Dhaka amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“Turkish Airlines will operate three flights on the Dhaka-Istanbul-Dhaka route and Air Arabia will operate two flights on the Dhaka-Sharjah-Dhaka route from the first week of July,” CAAB Chairman Muhammad Mafidur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune on Sunday. 

“Meanwhile, flydubai, SriLankan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, and Malindo Air have sought clearance to operate flights from Dhaka. A decision will come soon,” he added. 

Only citizens of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and transit passengers will be able to travel by flights of Emirates and Air Arabia as there is a ban on Bangladeshi passengers to enter UAE and Qatar, said the CAAB chief.

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However, Bangladeshi and Turkish nationals along with transit passengers can travel in the Dhaka-Istanbul-Dhaka route by Turkish Airlines flights. 

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Turkish Airlines Dhaka office’s Marketing Manager A Sattar Siddique said: “We will start to operate scheduled flights between Dhaka and Istanbul from July 2.

“Bangladeshis who want to go to the US, Canada, and other EU countries, can use Turkish Airlines for transit,” he said.