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CAAB clarifies Israeli flight landing in Dhaka

  • Authorities unhappy with news reports 
  • Another cargo plane landed in Dhaka on April 7
Update : 14 Apr 2024, 03:52 PM

Two days after a cargo flight from Israel touched down at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the authorities on Saturday clarified the development while criticizing news headlines on the flight. 

“There is no air service agreement between Bangladesh and Israel. And, no Israeli flight landed in Bangladesh,” the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said in a statement.  

“The headlines saying ‘Flight from Israel lands in Dhaka’ was widely covered by different media outlets and took the internet by storm, creating the possibility of misleading the people,” it said.

“Moreover, the presentation of such a misleading news report is unwelcome and considered targeted. We request all (in mass media) to refrain from publishing such stories,” the statement added.  

According to the statement, two cargo flights landed at Dhaka airport this month. In the first incident, a cargo plane came at 7:22pm on April 7 and took off with consignments of garment products at 11:55pm. 

The second and last cargo flight came from Tel Aviv, touched down at the airport at 7:55pm on Thursday, and flew back in the early hours of Friday.

On both occasions, the flights were destined first for the Middle East and then for Europe, the CAAB said, while arguing that US-based National Airlines operated the flights.

“Bangladesh and the US have a bilateral air service agreement in effect. The two cargo flights came to Dhaka in line with the agreement,” the CAAB said. 

The second flight raised the eyebrows of the aviation experts, who were keeping an eye on the flight before the landing.

Historically, Bangladesh and Israel have had no diplomatic ties.

Bangladesh still does not recognize Israel and is among 28 countries under the UN to do so. In 1972, Israel offered official recognition to the newly-founded Bangladesh—a move Dhaka rejected right away.

The ban imposed on travels to Israel from Bangladesh is still in place.  

Even though Bangladesh in 2021 dropped the “except Israel” notice from e-passports, Dhaka immediately clarified that the ban on travel by Bangladeshi passport holders to Israel remained unchanged.

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