Some flights were canceled because the number of passengers was too low
Domestic flights have resumed operations on a limited scale after more than two months of suspension amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Operations resumed on Monday on the Dhaka-Chittagong, Dhaka-Sylhet, and Dhaka-Syedpur routes, reports UNB.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Senior Secretary Mohibul Haque said that some flights were canceled because the number of passengers was too low. These flights will resume when there are enough passengers, he added.
He said all measures have been taken at the airports to ensure health and safety of passengers of the resumed flights.
“I request all passengers to follow proper hygiene rules and ensure social distancing while traveling by air,” he added.
Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman said that flights on the remaining routes will resume in phases.
“We are monitoring whether the passengers and the airlines are following all the hygiene rules and other instructions,” he said.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director and CEO Mokabbir Hossain said: "We have started the flights from today. We will be operating two flights in the morning and two in the afternoon on these three routes.”
There were eight passengers travelling to Saidpur and 20 passengers to Dhaka on the Dhaka-Saidpur route on Monday morning. As there were no passengers on the Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Chittagong routes, Biman did not operate any flights on those routes, he said.
US Bangla Airlines GM (PR) Kamrul Islam said that six flights will operate from Monday on the Dhaka-Chittagong route, one on the Dhaka-Sylhet route, and three on the Dhaka-Saidpur route.
"We are transporting a maximum of 65 percent passengers as per the instructions of CAAB,” he added.
AKM Mahfuzul Alam, senior manager (marketing and sales) of Novoair said that they will operate a total of 14 flights on these routes.
The ongoing ban on flight operations on international routes will continue till June 15 to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to CAAB sources.