Air ticket crisis leaves Bangladeshis stranded as pandemic clips flights
Mahbub Alam, a Bangladeshi migrant worker in Bahrain from Noakhali’s Sonaimuri, has been stranded after returning home due to travel bans amid the coronavirus pandemic
Mahbub Alam, a Bangladeshi migrant worker in Bahrain from Noakhali’s Sonaimuri, has been stranded after returning home due to travel bans amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Now flight operations have resumed as the governments have eased restrictions, and Mahbub wants to go back to Bahrain.
A travel agent demanded Tk 150,000 from him for an Air Arabia ticket, saying that the fare has gone up due to high demand because of limited seats.
“But I could not buy a ticket at such a high price,” he added.
“So I couldn’t travel back to Bahrain,” said a frustrated Mahbub. He says a Gulf Air ticket to Bahrain cost Tk 35,000 even a few years ago.
His visa has also expired.
Abul Hossain from Manikganj’s Singair, however, has borrowed money from his relatives to purchase a ticket to Qatar, from where he returned in February and got stuck.
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