Flight operation on domestic routes to resume Monday, fare won't rise
Published : Saturday, 30 May, 2020 at 11:09 PM Count : 197
Flight operation will resume on Monday on three domestic routes in accordance with the government's decision.
A total of 24 flights will be operated on three routes from Dhaka every day. However, no airline will increase the fair.
Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) confirmed it on Saturday. It said Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Novo Air and US-Bangla will operate 24 flights every day on Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Syedpur routes. Of these, 11 flights will be operated on Dhaka-Chattogram-Dhaka route, four on Dhaka-Sylhet-Dhaka route and nine on Dhaka-Syedpur-Dhaka route.
According to the health guidelines, each flight will not be able to carry more than 50 per cent of its capacity. Each flight will depart after 45 minutes consecutively. If any passenger is found with 99 degree Farenheit of body temperature, he or she will not be allowed on board the plane.
It is learnt that the first domestic flight of US-Bangla Airlines will depart from the domestic terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Monday morning after suspension of its operation for two and a half months. At the same time, a flight of Novo Air will leave for Syedpur Airport.
A total of 24 flight will be operated a day on three routes from June 1 to 15. Of them, US-Bangla will operate six flight on Dhaka-Chittagong-Dhaka, three flights on Dhaka-Syedpur-Dhaka and one flight on Dhaka-Sylhet-Dhaka everyday..
Novo Air will operate three flights on Dhaka-Chattogram-Dhaka, three flights on Dhaka-Syedpur-Dhaka, and one flight on Dhaka-Sylhet-Dhaka every day.
On the other hand, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will operate two flights on Dhaka-Chittagong-Dhaka, two on Dhaka-Sylhet-Dhaka and three on Dhaka-Syedpur-Dhaka routes every day.
Last week, the CAAB prepared a guideline with directions to the airlines on how the flights will be operated following all health instructions and social distancing after the withdrawal of the current suspension.
About the seat planning, the CAAB instructed that the frontal or the last row of seats on each flight must remain vacant for carrying any passenger to be found suspected of contracting coronavirus.
All staffers of airlines will have to wear masks, gloves and disposable head caps while dealing with passengers at the check-in counters while cabin crew will wear N95 or equivalent protection facial masks, goggles, disposable
rubber gloves and change facial masks every four hours, said the guideline.
Crew members will avoid close contact with passengers and provide only the necessary in-flight services to the passengers and no food and drink will be served in flights with an airtime of less than one and a half hours.
Passengers' body temperature will be measured and they have to stand in queues in front of the check-in counters and in front of the boarding gates maintaining social distancing.