Maldivian suspends its flights to Dhaka

The national carrier, Maldivian, has suspended its flights to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Island Aviation Services Limited (IASL) revealed all flights to Dhaka have been suspended until April 28, 2021 due to measures imposed by the Bangladesh government to curb the spread of COVID-19. Bangladesh has announced plans to ban all international and domestic flights for a week from Wednesday, coinciding with another lockdown to contain a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Dhaka is among one of the destinations Maldivian initially commenced international flights to after the border reopening. Maldivian resumed operations to Dhaka during August last year.

Bangladesh, which reported its first cases of COVID-19 in March 2020, reported its highest single-day increase in infections a week ago, with 7,462 cases. So far, the country has reported some 732,000 cases and over 10,000 deaths.