by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The authorities have decided to operate special flights for five destinations where majority of Bangladeshi migrant workers are engaged in different jobs.
The decision to operate flights to Saudi Arab, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Singapore came at a meeting among top public servants representing ministries concerned, an official said on Wednesday.
Bangladesh has imposed a travel ban on international flights for seven days from Wednesday, coinciding a week-long strict lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Ahmed Munirush Salehin, secretary to the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry, said the Civil Aviation Authority have been asked to prepare a work plan to resume the special flight for those countries to facilitate the migrant workers.
The recruiting agencies will take care of the travelling of the migrant workers provided that they maintain the health guidelines. The authorities will also arrange the inbound passengers in case any Bangladeshi workers needs to come back home, he said.
The inbound passengers must go through the mandatory 14-day isolation.
More than 500 international flights were cancelled after Bangladesh slaps an air-travel ban coinciding the lockdown. The suspension will remain in effect until April 20, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.