Publish: 22 May 2020, 10:05 pm
A total of 195 Bangladeshi people who had been stranded in Canada in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic returned home from Toronto by special charter flight from Qatar Airways on Friday morning.
Qatar Airways aircraft arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 7:41 a.m. this morning, bringing 195 Bangladeshi nationals after a brief technical stopover in Doha, verified by official airport sources.
Earlier, a press release from the Bangladesh Mission in Canada reported that Bangladesh High Commissioner for Canada M Mizanur Rahman and Bangladesh Consul General in Toronto Nayem Uddin Ahmed had seen passengers at Toronto International Airport on Wednesday night (Canada time).
Travelers involve mainly Bangladeshi students studying at various colleges and universities in Canada, Bangladeshi people commuting to Canada on visitor and business visas, and several Bangladeshi expatriates.
Bangladesh Foreign Ministry, in collaboration with Bangladesh High Commission in Canada, arranged a chartered flight at the behest of Bangladeshi nationals who had been trapped in the midst of a regional shutdown after a coronavirus pandemic.
On May 14, Bangladesh extended the ongoing ban on flight operation for the sixth consecutive times till May 30 to and from all European countries and the nations that restricted the entry of Bangladeshis to their territories as well as on all domestic routes over the coronavirus fear.
The government so far repatriated stranded Bangladeshis from different other countries including India, the USA, the UK, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.
Many countries, including the United States, India, Japan, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Bhutan, Myanmar and numerous European countries, have conducted a variety of special charter flights during the suspension of flights to repatriate their people from here.