Managing Director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Md Mokabbir Hossain on Monday said a total of 42 flights between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have been cancelled following the kingdom’s suspension of all international flights for one week.
While talking to reporters, he said around 5,000 passengers got stuck in Bangladesh following the cancellation of 21 flights of the national flag carrier on Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam routes.
Besides, 21 in-bound flights from Saudi Arabia were also cancelled which led to 6,000 passengers getting stranded there, the Biman MD said.
He also said passengers will have to take tickets newly once the flight operation resumes. “However, no fee will be charged. Those got stuck will get the priority in seat allotment.”
Saudi Arabia on Sunday suspended all international passenger flights for one week in response to a new strain of the coronavirus.
Entry to the Kingdom through land and sea ports has also been suspended and this period may be extended by another week.
The decisions were made in response to the emergence of a potent new strain of the virus in the UK and other European countries.
Some flights will be allowed in exceptional circumstances, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The movement of goods, commodities and supply chains from countries where the mutated virus has not appeared will continue as usual.
These travel restrictions will be reviewed in accordance with coronavirus related developments.