Finally, a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight with 252 Saudi expatriates left Dhaka for Riyadh. The flight left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday (September 22) night.
Thousands of expatriate visas from Saudi Arabia are coming to an end on September 30. Meanwhile, the expatriates have been protesting in the capital for the last three days about not getting any tickets.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabian has decided to let Biman Bangladesh Airlines operate commercial flights from October 1. However, Bangladesh Biman did not get permission to land in Saudi Arabia before starting the allocation of passenger seats. Due to this, the flagship airline has not been able to start selling tickets yet.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it would allow Saudi Arabian Airlines to increase the number of flights.
CAA Chairman Air Vice Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman told the media, “So far, our air communication with Saudi Arabia has been completely cut off. Many countries in the Middle East have started flights. We also wanted flights from Saudi Arabia to start. We will cooperate in every possible way. I have talked to the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia. We will give the number of flights that Saudi Arabia will seek approval for Bangladeshis to return so that the expatriates can go back. At the same time, we are working so that our Biman Bangladesh can also start flights.”