Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman on Wednesday said flight operations with the UK will go as usual until any new directive from the highest level of the government following the emergence of the new strain of coronavirus in other countries.
“We’re yet to get any directive from the highest level of the government. Decision will be made as per the new directive. Until then, the flight operations with the UK are not being suspended,” he said.
The Caab chairman was talking to reporters after opening the domestic departures lounge, and arrivals hall of the Saidpur Airport at Hazrat Shahjajal International Airport in the morning.
The new strain of coronavirus has been identified in the UK, several other European countries, Australia and South Africa.
It causes the same medical conditions as the original but is 70 percent more-infectious and "out of control".
Many countries have suspended flights to and from the UK following the emergence of the new virus variant.
Mafidur Rahman said although there is the risk of transmission, flights to and from the UK will not be suspended right now.
He, however, said passengers returning from the UK will be screened separately. “They’ll undergo PCR test if necessary.”
Speaking at the programme, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali said steps have been taken for special quarantine of passengers coming from the European country. “Country’s three international airports have been asked to strictly implement this directive.”