US-Bangla Airlines will operate special flights to bring back Bangladesh nationals who got stranded in Chennai and Kolkata due to countrywide lockdown in India amid coronavirus outbreak.
Kamrul Islam, General Manager (Public Relations) of the US-Bangla Airlines, confirmed it to UNB over phone on Friday.
He said they will operate six special flights on Chennai-Dhaka route from April 20-25.
Two more special flights will bring back the Bangladeshis from Kolkata to Dhaka on April 21 and April 23, he added.
Some 2500 Bangladesh nationals including over 1000 students got stuck in different Indian cities due to current lockdown there, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier on March 30, UNB reported that there are broadly three categories of Bangladesh nationals currently in India - who are willing to stay back until situation improves but facing cash crisis, students and those who are released from hospitals after necessary treatment.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi is in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here to work out a proper plan as these Bangladesh citizens in India are not just from one city.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Bangladesh Missions in India are looking into welfare issues of Bangladesh nationals in India.
Officials at the Missions are in constant contact with Bangladesh citizens in India over phone.