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Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar flights to resume from Thursday

CAAB Chairman Md Mafidur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday

Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) has decided to allow operation of flights in the Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route from Thursday on a limited scale.

The domestic flights in this route will be resumed after more than three months of suspension amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

CAAB Chairman Md Mafidur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.

“After ensuring the health safety guidelines at the airport with the help of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), CAAB has allowed air travellers to fly in the Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar route from Thursday.”

“As a result of this move, our domestic airlines will be able to operate in this route keeping the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha in mind,” added CAAB chief.  

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After keeping all commercial flight operations suspended for over two months, CAAB lifted the ban on domestic routes to Chittagong, Sylhet, and Saidpur on June 1, while the Jessore route was reopened on June 11, Barisal route on July 12 and Rajshahi resumed on 21 July. 

However, with a massive drop in passenger traffic in domestic flights due to the Covid-19 crisis, local airlines have called for lifting restrictions on three airports before the Eid-ul-Azha, especially the Cox’s Bazar airport, as air traffic in these routes get a major boost from increased tourist demand during Eid holidays.

“We have directed the officials concerned of Cox’s Bazar airport work alongside with the DGHS to ensure the health guidelines are maintained,” said the CAAB chief.

Besides, US-Bangla Airlines, and Novoair are operating daily flights in the domestic routes till now declared open by CAAB, while Biman Bangladesh Airlines is keeping its domestic flights closed due to passenger shortage but are operating transit flights.

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