Ansar Ahmed Ullah : At the request of Bangladesh High Commission London, the Government of Bangladesh has decided to arrange a special chartered flight to take home Bangladeshi citizens who have been stranded in the United Kingdom since the suspension of international flights between London and Dhaka in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The special flight of Biman will be chartered and operated by Bangladesh Air Force Welfare Trust (BAFWT) and is scheduled to arrive at London Heathrow Airport on 10 May 2020, and depart the same day.
Since suspension of international commercial flights between Bangladesh and the UK at end of March, Bangladesh High Commission London undertook several initiatives and efforts to reach out to Bangladeshi citizens and students stranded in the UK, with an advisory to register with the High Commission for their repatriation facilitation.
In view of large number of Bangladeshi students having registered with the “Bangladesh High Commission, London COVID-19 Emergency Repatriation Committee”, the High Commission in close coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh and Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), has successfully arranged this special chartered repatriation flight for all stranded Bangladesh citizens in the UK.
Earlier, at the request of Bangladesh High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the British High Commission in Dhaka, the British Government agreed to repatriate hundred Bangladeshi students stranded in the UK by a British Government chartered flight dedicated to bringing back British nationals from Bangladesh. However, given the overwhelming numbers of stranded Bangladeshis wishing to return to Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Government decided to arrange a special flight chartered by the Bangladesh Air Force.
Bangladesh High Commission London would be working in close coordination with Bangladesh Air Force, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Home Office, UK Border Agency and London Heathrow Airport Authorities to facilitate the smooth repatriation of Bangladeshis stranded in the UK and incoming passengers returning from Bangladesh.