Dhaka – A Qatar Airways plane carried Bangladeshi nationals flew back home from European countries breaching a restriction imposed by the government to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus.
The plane landed in the evening at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and the authorities said they allowed a total of 304 passengers on humanitarian ground.
Ninety-six of then are from Germany and Italy, according to sources.
It was not clear whether the airline will face any financial penalty.
A top official of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh said the decision was taken on humanitarian ground.
“The returners from Italy and Germany will be on mandatory quarantine for two weeks,” said Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, the chairman of the aviation regulator.
Bangladesh on Saturday decided to impose the travel ban on European countries, excluding United Kingdom, as the virus was spreading fast in some of the countries including Italy, Germany and France.
The airlines were also asked not to carry passengers from European countries under the ban.
Ninety-six passengers who are confirmed from Germany and Italy will were sent for mandatory quarantine at a place near the airport.