National airliner Biman Bangladesh Airlines and private air operator US-Bangla Airlines will operate six special flights from India to bring back around 1,000 stranded Bangladeshis from the neighbouring country.
The national flag carrier will operate flights from Kolkata on May 1, New Delhi on May 2 and Mumbai on May 3, while US-Bangla Airlines will operate all three flights from Chennai on April 30, May 1 and 2, according to Biman MD and CEO Mokabbir Hossain and the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
Each of the three chartered flights of Biman will take off at 2:30pm (Bangladesh local time), sources at Biman said.
Any Bangladeshi citizen will be able to buy air tickets by depositing fare to particular Biman bank account as per the information given at the website of the national airliner.
The Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi advised the stranded Bangladeshis in Chennai and its neighbouring cities to contact the US-Bangla Airlines local office for purchasing air tickets of the private airlines.
The High Commission also said all passenger must show Covid-19 free medical certificates before boarding the flights from India.
At least 2,500 Bangladeshis including students, tourists and medical treatment seekers remained stranded in different cities of India, especially in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad due to Covid-19 outbreak, the foreign ministry said in a statement on April 3.
The US-Bangla Airlines earlier brought back around 850 stranded Bangladeshis from Chennai through five chartered flights, while Biman brought back 166 Bangladeshis to home from Delhi on one charted flight.
Following the outbreak, the Indian government suspended air communication with different countries including Bangladesh to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi said in a recent statement that they are working relentlessly to bring back all the stranded Bangladeshis from all states of India.