107 Japanese nationals leave Dhaka Airport

The aircraft will return tonight with Bangladesh nationals stranded in Japan

A total of 107 Japanese citizens have left Dhaka on a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. They had been stranded in the country due to the travel restrictions imposed to control the coronavirus pandemic.

The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Sonar Tori with the passengers departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) for Narita, Japan, at 9am on Tuesday.

It is scheduled to return at 11:30pm tonight, carrying some Bangladesh citizens who had been stranded in Japan, according to Biman’s Managing Director and CEO Mokabbir Hossain.

He said another Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Achin Pakhi, is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Tokyo on April 30 at 9:30pm for Narita International Airport.

Additionally, stranded Bangladeshis in Japan will fly back on this flight. Biman has also scheduled another flight to bring back Bangladeshi citizens from South Korea on the day.

According to Biman sources, the Japanese Embassy and the Japan-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (JBCCI) have paid the fares for these two special flights.

The airline is also scheduled to operate three special flights to bring home Bangladeshis stranded in Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai on May 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

Apart from this, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has extended the suspension of all international and domestic flights until May 7 in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Passenger flights to Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United Kingdom (UK) will come under this travel restriction.

However, special flights, air ambulance, emergency landing flights, and cargo flights will remain out of the purview of the ban, according to CAAB.

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