Chartered SriLankan Airlines flight takes home Australians, Bangladeshis

A chartered SriLankan Airlines flight was used to take home a group of Australians and Bangladeshis.

The Bangladeshis were flown home from Colombo while the Australians were flown home from Dhaka.

At least 547 Canadian and Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families left Dhaka on separate charter flights on Thursday evening, New Age Bangladesh reported.

Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport officials said that 257 Canadians left on a flight of Qatar Airways from the airport.

Canadian high commissioner in Bangladesh Benoit Prefontaine said in a twitter post, ‘The 2nd #Canadian govt assisted flight left Dhaka today. Thank you to the Govt of BD, & #QatarAirways, for their assistance and cooperation in getting stranded Canadians home.’

The Australian High Commission in a press statement said it helped 290 Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families find a way to return home to Australia on a non-scheduled Sri Lankan Airlines flight that departed the international airport.

The airport director Group Captain AHM Touhid-ul Ahsan in a text confirmed that the Qatar Airways flight left Dhaka at 9:36pm and Sri Lankan Airlines at 9:07pm.

Civil Aviation Authorities of Bangladesh assistant director Mohammad Sohel Kamruzzaman, however, said that the number of Australians left Bangladesh was 285.

He also said that 30 Bangladeshis also arrived from Sri Lanka and the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research was dealing with the returnees.

With the latest departure, at least 6,526 foreign nationals mostly British and US citizens have left Dhaka since March 23, Bangladesh immigration officials said.

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