Biman cancels flights to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore

DHAKA, The Biman Bangladesh Airlines has cancelled

its all flights to two United Arab Emirates (UAE) destinations – Dubai and

Abu Dhabi – from today and Singapore from Saturday as per decisions of the

two nations amid the pandemic of deadly COVID-19.

“We suspended all flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi from March 19 to 31 as

per the decision of the UAE,” Biman Managing Director and CEO Md Mokabbir

Hossain told the media here today.

As per Singapore government’s lockdown measures, he said, Biman’s all

flights to Singapore from Dhaka will be suspended from March 21 to April 3.

The national flag carrier operates 28 weekly flights to the two

destinations of the UAE and 14 weekly fights to Singapore.

However, the UAE carriers, including Emirates Airlines, will continue

their flight operation to Dhaka to carry only transit passengers to other

destinations like the UK, the USA and Canada.

So far, Emirates Airlines didn’t reduce its frequency from Dhaka – all

three daily flights on Dubai-Dhaka-Dubai are under full operation carrying

the transit passengers to other countries, local officials of the carrier

told BSS today.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman suspended all flights with

Bangladesh due to the deadly coronavirus while Bangladesh imposed a ban on

all travellers from Europe except the UK, till March 31.

The ban is also applicable to other nations which restricted Bangladeshis

entry to their territories over the coronavirus.

With the Singapore route, Biman has so far forced to suspend its 15 out of

18 international destinations over global outbreak of corona virus. Only

three destinations – London, Manchester and Bangkok – are still open for

Biman to operate.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)