News Desk | Dhaka24.net:
A total of 166 stranded Bangladeshis returned home from south Indian city Chennai while 198 Britons who had been stuck here due to flight suspension amid COVID-19 pandemic left for London by the 3rd special flight of British Airways today, according to BSS reports.
HSIA Director Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan told to media that a chartered aircraft of British Airways flight took off from HSIA at 3:47 pm today for London carrying 198 British passengers.
Earlier, around 440 stranded British nationals left here by two special chartered flights of British Airways, arranged by the UK government in coordination of the British High Commission here, on April 21 and 23.
The flights are intended for British nationals who are on holiday or are short-term visitors to Bangladesh.
Earlier today, a chartered flight of the US-Bangla Airlines, one of the country’s private carriers, brought back 166 Bangladeshi nationals, who got stuck in South India as the neighboring country continues nationwide lockdown since March 25 to contain outbreak of coronavirus.
On April 3, the foreign ministry issued a statement, saying that nearly 2,500 Bangladeshi citizens, including 1,000 students, were stranded in India due to COVID-19 outbreak.