Biman Bangladesh Airlines has cancelled all flights to Oman for a week after the country closed its borders in response to the emergence of the new strain of the coronavirus in other countries.
A Biman press release signed by its Deputy Manager (Public relations) Tahera Khandaker on Monday said all the Muscat-bound flights from Tuesday will remain halted for the next one week.
Passengers of the cancelled flights can book seats again subject to availability, it said.
Oman closed its borders for one week to prevent a new strain of the coronavirus from entering the country, reports Arab News.
The Covid-19 supreme committee said that the decision to close the country’s land, air and sea borders was in response to the emergence of the new strain of the virus in other countries.
The new strain causes the same medical conditions as the original but is 70 percent more infectious. It has been identified in the UK, several other European countries, Australia and South Africa, and the British health minister said on Sunday that it was “out of control.”
The new threat emerged just as the introduction of several vaccines developed in the US, Britain and China raised hopes throughout the world that the Covid-19 pandemic could be defeated.
Earlier, Biman canceled 42 flights between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia following the kingdom’s suspension of all international flights for one week.
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.