Published:  01:54 AM, 12 August 2020

Coxsbazar-Dhaka route starts with half the passengers Coxsbazar-Dhaka route starts with half the passengers

The Cox's Bazar-Dhaka route has resumed operations on Thursday (July 30) after the country was closed for nearly four months due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The flight started in the morning with the landing and departure of two private airlines NovoAir and US Bengal.

However, the number of passengers was half even though the aircraft cost 3500 taka.  Although, the passengers are happy that the flight has resumed following the hygiene rules. On the first day, passengers were transported in 4 planes and all kinds of initiatives have been taken for this, the airport authorities said.

This route was also canceled when the government stopped international and domestic flights from March 25 to prevent the transmission of the corona virus. After a four-month hiatus, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on 1st  June allowed flights to Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Syedpur routes.

The Coxsbazar Health Department arranged for a medical team at the airport to operate the Coxsbazar -Dhaka route. Then this morning two flights of NovoAir and US Bengal came to Coxsbazar with passengers from Dhaka and returned to Dhaka with passengers. Passengers said they had to enter the airport following health rules.

The aviation authorities also provided them masks and gloves. Physical distance has also been accepted. They are happy that the flight started after complying with everything.. At the same time, as per the instructions of the government, the aircraft has been released with 80 percent load.

Cox's Bazar Airport Manager Md Abdullah Al Farooq said the Coxsbazar -Dhaka route will carry six passengers. Of these, there are 3 flights from US Bengal and 3 flights from NovoAir.

Two of them came and went. He added that the airport is being disinfected after each flight arrives and departs. So that the passengers do not have any problem. Meanwhile, as the Dhaka- Cox's Bazar flight resumed after a long hiatus of four months, Coxsbazar Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossain inspected the airport's preparations to ensure health and safety.

Officers. Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner said, a medical board has been set up to check the health of the incoming passengers. Passengers will be recorded in the travel history register, luggage will be disinfected and suspicious passengers will be sent in isolation.

---Chanchal Dash Gupta, Cox's Bazar

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