Biman Bangladesh and Saudia Airlines Relax Limit For Number of Passengers on International Flights
File photo of a Biman Bangladesh flight. (Image Source: Reuters)
Biman Bangladesh and Saudia Airlines have relaxed the limit for the maximum number of passengers on each flight carrying stranded Bangladeshi migrants to return to their country of employment amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) announced the development in a statement on Monday, bdnews24 reported.
The passenger capacity on the larger aircraft of both Biman and Saudia from Dhaka to Riyadh has been set at 260 while the limit for smaller planes will be 140 until October 24, according to the statement.
The Kingdom had cut off international air connectivity in late March following the outbreak of the pandemic, putting those who arrived in Bangladesh before that with their return tickets booked in the ongoing crisis.
Ahead of this, Bangladesh had requested Saudi Arabia to increase flights between the two countries so that the expatriates stranded in Dhaka can return to their workplaces.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen had made the request to his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud during a telephone conversation, The Daily Star newspaper reported.
Bangladesh also urged the Kingdom to give permission to Biman Bangladesh Airlines to operate flights on Dhaka-Dammam route.
Currently, the national flag carrier has permission to operate flights to Riyadh, Madinah and Jeddah. It was recently that the Saudi government positively responded over workers' issues ending barriers to their return to the workplaces in the Kingdom.