The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has reinstated its previous decision to allow Saudia Airlines to operate scheduled flights to and from Dhaka from September 23.
Besides, the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia has also given permission to Biman Bangladesh Airlines to operate flights to Saudi Arabia from October 1.
A source in the CAAB said, "Biman Bangladesh Airlines has received permission to operate eight weekly flights to three cities - Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam and awaiting for landing clearances, after which they will be able to start selling tickets for those routes."
Saudia will get permission to operate as many flights as required to clear the huge backlog of expatriates stranded in Bangladesh, before their iqamas or visas expire on September 30.
The news came as a relief for the Bangladeshi migrant workers, who got stuck after returning to the country in the wake of a worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
Around 80% of the stranded migrants work in Saudi Arabia. With the resumption of flights, they are now hopeful about their return.