Flights at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Bangladesh have ground to a halt due to strike action by the staff or the state-owned carrier Biman. All ground handling operations at the airport have come to a halt, as the workers strike over a pay dispute. The main union of Biman wants increased wages, better benefits, and for hundreds of temporary workers to be made full-time employees.
Nazmul Anam, a director of the civil aviation authority of Bangladesh, said that once the strike began no flights could depart from the airport. There were three international flights that managed to land early in the morning, but passengers are stuck at the airport because they cannot access their luggage. Khan Mosharraf Hossain, a spokesperson for the airline, confirmed the inability to operate flights, but said they are negotiating to find a solution and end the dispute.
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