Stranded Bangladeshis in USA to be brought back by chartered flight

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The government has taken an initiative to bring back the Bangladeshis, stranded in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a chartered flight either on May 14 or 15.

Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC in coordination with Bangladesh Consulates in New York and Los Angeles will facilitate their return by a Qatar Airways chartered flight, said a media release issued by the Bangladesh Consulate in New York.

Earlier, the Bangladesh Embassy and the two Consulates General circulated a notice through their websites seeking information from the Bangladeshis who had been stranded in the USA amid COVID-19 pandemic situation.

After this, a large number of stranded Bangladeshi citizens provided their information by email to the Bangladesh Missions showing interest to return to Bangladesh by special chartered flight at their own expenses.

Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday said this in a press release.

According to the press release, Bangladesh citizens who got stuck in the USA as all commercial flights to Bangladesh were suspended after the outbreak of COVID-19, also requested the Bangladesh Government through the Bangladesh Missions to facilitate their return to the homeland by a special flight.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bangladesh Missions in the USA are coordinating to arrange a chartered flight of Qatar Airways either from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport possibly on 14 May or 15 May, depending on the availability of a minimum required number of passengers to run the flight.

It is estimated that the price of each economy class ticket for this flight would be approximately US$2,200.

Under the intimation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Bangladeshi enterprise named Oryx Aviation Ltd., which is the General Sales Agent (GSA) in Bangladesh for Qatar Airways Cargo Flights, would deal the chartering and ticketing formalities with Qatar Airways for this special flight.

Stranded Bangladeshi citizens in the USA willing to avail this special flight at their own expenses are advised to contact Oryx Aviation Ltd. by visiting its online Portal @ http://galaxyaviationbd.com/airticket/, register their names through this portal and purchase tickets to confirm seats in this flight by 08 May, 2020.

Following the registration and purchase of tickets, Oryx Aviation authority will get in touch individually with all confirmed passengers to notify them of further details about the flight.

If you need further assistance or have any question regarding registration and ticketing, please contact Oryx Aviation Ltd. through e-mail: usacharter@oryxaviation.com or call over WhatsApp number: 8801713094664.

Meanwhile, the government has arranged a chartered flight of Malindo Air to bring back Bangladesh citizens home from Malaysia. The special flight is likely to be operated on May 13, according to Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.