Airlines taking COVID-infected passenger warned with flight ban

The Civil Aviation Authorities, Bangladesh in an order said it would suspend flight of airlines operating to and from Bangladesh if it carried COVID-19 positive passengers and passengers without PCR-based COVID-19 negative certificate.

The order, issued on Sunday, stated that for the first violation, one schedule flight would be suspended while for the second violation, three schedule flights would be suspended and for a third violation, all schedule flights would be suspended for a week.

‘And for a total of four violations, all the scheduled flights will be suspended for a minimum of four weeks,’ the order reads.

The CAAB flight standard and regulations member Group Captain Chowdhury M Zia ul Kabir in the instruction asked all airlines operating to and from Bangladesh to strictly adhere to the order.

On Sunday, a court chaired by an executive magistrate at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport fined Air Asia, a Malaysia based budget airlines, Tk 1 lakh for carrying an identified COVID-19 positive passenger.

The authorities at the HSIA on Saturday fined Biman Bangladesh Airlines Tk 30,000 for carrying six passengers without COVID -19 negative certificates from Riyadh.

Earlier on Friday, the airport authorities fined Maldivian airlines Tk 2.36 lakh for carrying passengers without COVID-19 test certificates to Dhaka.