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Biman suspends international flights till Sept 15

Mamun Abdullah

  •  Published at 08:02 pm August 25th, 2020

bimanFile photo of a Bangladesh Biman plane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Flights to Kolkata, Delhi, Kuwait, and Manchester will remain suspended till Sept 30

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has yet again extended the suspension of all international flights – except to Dubai, London, and Kuala Lumpur – till September 15.

The national flag carrier announced the development with a notice on its website on Tuesday.

Biman said flights to Kolkata, Delhi, Kuwait, and Manchester will remain suspended till September 30.

Meanwhile, all other international flights remain suspended till 15 due to Covid-19.

An official of the Biman Bangladesh airlines, wishing anonymity, told Dhaka Tribune that Biman has taken the decision to extend flight suspension due to passenger shortage.

If Biman were to operate flights on these routes, it would face losses, he added.

The UAE government has also independently cancelled flights from Dhaka to Abu Dhabi until further notice from them.

Since March 21, the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh, or CAAB, had shut down all domestic and international flights, in an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

On June 1, CAAB permitted operation of all domestic flights maintaining social distancing and following health guidelines, and international flights resumed on June 16.

The shortage of passengers forced Biman to cancel its flights on all domestic routes as well, except to Chittagong, Sylhet, and Syedpur.

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