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Ban on visitors’ entry at Dhaka airport lifted

The Civil Aviation Authorities lifted restriction on entry of visitors to concourse hall at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport today, six months into imposing it over security grounds.

On October 26, 2015, the airport authorities banned entry of visitors there as UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) said it had security lapses.

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The DfT made a list of 37 airports in 15 countries that have security lapses following the destruction of a Russian jet in a mid-air explosion over Egypt's Sinai desert in October. The list includes the Dhaka international airport.

“With the withdrawal of the restriction, now maximum of two visitors will be allowed against one arriving or departing passenger to enter the hall on tickets each costing at Tk 300,” an official of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh told The Daily Star this evening.

The airport authority withdrew the restriction from 10:00am this morning, he added.

Contacted Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon confirmed the ban was lifted.

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