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Over 200 protest flight cancellation at Dhaka airport

  • Published at 05:30 pm April 17th, 2021
Migrant workers
Frustrated migrant workers wait outside the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka after their flights were cancelled on Saturday, April 17, 2021 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The government had decided to operate special flights for expat workers from Saturday 

Around 200 Saudi Arabia-bound migrant workers staged a protest inside the Dhaka airport early on Saturday morning after a scheduled special flight of Biman Bangladesh to Riyadh was cancelled at the last minute.

Sources said the special flight to Riyadh was scheduled to take off around 6:15am, with some 201 passengers, said Tahera Khandaker, deputy general manager (public relations) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. 

"But the flight was cancelled as the Saudi authorities made a delay in giving landing permission," she added.

The aggrieved passengers of the flight soon staged a protest inside the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).

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"However, the authorities concerned have made special arrangements for all the passengers at different hotels. They will fly later," said Tahera.

The government had decided to operate special flights of national carrier Biman to five countries, including four in the Middle East with high concentration of Bangladeshi expat workers, from April 17.

The government had suspended operations of all domestic and international passenger flights to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country during the “all-out lockdown,” which came into effect on April 14.

However, the special air services will allow overseas workers currently stuck in Bangladesh to return to their places of work, officials have said.

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