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Australia plans 3rd flight to repatriate its citizens from Dhaka

  • Published at 11:16 am May 16th, 2020
A non-scheduled Sri Lankan Airlines flight departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with the passengers early Saturday
Photo shows a non-scheduled Sri Lankan Airlines plane that departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with 285 passengers, including 220 Australian citizens, on Saturday, May 9, 2020 Courtesy

They say they cannot guarantee to organise any further special flights

The Australian High Commission in Dhaka has said they are considering a third special flight from Bangladesh to help Australian citizens return home.

"Due to the ongoing flight suspension, we are considering arranging a third special flight to Colombo to allow passengers to travel by commercial means to Melbourne," said the high commission in a message, reports UNB.

The third flight is scheduled to depart Dhaka on May 27.

The high commission says they need a minimum of 120 full fare passengers to ensure this flight goes ahead.

It said they cannot guarantee that they will be able to organise any further special flights following the departure of the third flight.

The flight is only open to Australian passport holders, Australian permanent visa holders and their spouses, legal guardians or children.

At this stage, most scheduled passenger flights to and from Bangladesh remain suspended.

The flight suspension is planned to last until May 30, but it has been extended a number of times and may be extended again, said the high commission.

They have emailed everyone already registered with then with details about a possible third flight.

"We strongly encourage you to book a seat on the third flight to ensure you can return home as soon as possible," the message reads.

On May 9, a non-scheduled Sri Lanka Airlines flight left Dhaka for Melbourne with 220 Australian citizens and their families.

The special flight also carried eight New Zealand citizens and permanent residents on their way back to New Zealand.

Together with 285 passengers who departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on April 16, over 500 have so far returned to Australia, said the Australian High Commission in Dhaka.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the Australian government has helped over 15,000 Australians return home from overseas, including from cruise ships and by using one-off arrangements with commercial airlines.

Coronavirus, first reported in China in December last year, has spread to 213 countries and territories and infected more than 4.6 million people around the world. The confirmed number of deaths was over 308,600 until 10:30am on Saturday, according to worldometer.

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