Dhaka – Bangladesh has decided to suspend all passengers’ flights with India for a month after its next-door neighbour slapped a travel ban over coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Thursday.
All public and private sector airlines planned their suspension from Saturday after India on Wednesday imposed the general ban on tourists from across the world. India suspended all tourist visas until April 15 as the south Asian country witnessed a rise in the number of people infected with the virus.
All three flights being operated daily by Biman Bangladesh Airlines in two Indian destinations will be suspended from Saturday, Tahera Khondoker, spokeswomen of the state-run airlines, said.
“There will be no Biman flight to any Indian route after Friday evening,” said adding that the passengers who want to get their reservation cancelled to contact the local Biman offices.
She said the suspension will remain in force until April 15 and all private airlines will have to follow the direction by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh to this effect.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines now operates 21 flights weekly from Dhaka to New Delhi and Kolkata.
Private airlines Novo Air and US Bangla, which operate 16 flights weekly between Dhaka and different Indian destinations, have also decided to suspend their flights because of the travel ban.
Mahfuzul Alam, an official of private airlines Novo Air, said the airline will operate a flight to Kolkata, the capital of Indian state of West Bengal, on Friday before the suspension.
US Bangla spokesman Kamrul Islam said the airline will operate last flight only to carry Indian nationals to Kolkata and Chennai on Friday. “Then, our operation will be suspended until April 15,” he said.
Bangladesh on Sunday detected first three cases of coronavirus positive. But health officials said two of them at a Dhaka hospital are improving fast.