Dhaka: The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has approved the Dubai-based carrier Emirates to operate flights to Dhaka in a permit issued on June 18.
Initially Emirates received the approval of operating three weekly flights on Dhaka-Dubai-Dhaka route from June 21.
However, due to the current travel ban on Bangladeshis in UAE following the coronavirus outbreak, the airline can only carry transit passengers on the route and UAE nationals.
As of yet, Emirates has 40 destinations on offer for travellers including Colombo, Sialkot, Istanbul; Auckland, Beirut, Brussels, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona and Washington DC while the airline's flights from Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Pakistan will only carry outbound passengers to the UAE and onward destinations.
In addition, Emirates will add flights to the following cities in July: London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Madrid, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Flight bookings can be made online at emirates.com or via travel agents. Customers can find more information about Emirates' flights and current services at: www.emirates.com/wherewefly.
Given the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitisers and antibacterial wipes to all customers.
Also, customers are reminded that travel restrictions remain in place, and travellers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries.