Covid-19 FAQs

Yes. MAF is currently able to operate our remote humanitarian flight service with support from the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). However, this is not a normal period of time, and so we do expect to encounter unusual situations and challenges over the next several months. Be assured that our team is working diligently to maintain a safe and reliable flight service for humanitarian and development agencies during this Covid-19 crisis.

First, we encourage all travellers to check the websites of agencies such as the IEDCR (in Bangladesh), WHO, and CDC to help make informed decisions regarding any travel.

The health and safety of our passengers, staff, crew, and the remote communities served by our flights are of utmost importance. We have put in place a variety of procedures to address these concerns, including enhanced cleaning of our aircraft before and after all flights and frequent hand washing and use of personal protection equipment by our staff and crew. All passengers must apply hand sanitizer prior to boarding the aircraft or entering an MAF vehicle and all passengers will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of the flight (passengers must report to the flight with their own appropriate face masks).

At this time, passengers may not travel aboard MAF aircraft if:

  • They are confirmed or reasonably suspected of carrying the Covid-19 virus or displaying coronavirus symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • They have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed coronavirus case in the past 14 days.
  • They are subject to a government quarantine or self-isolation requirement.

No. Due to the small open cabin in our aircraft, we cannot transfer a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 patient safely without substantial risk of transmission to other occupants in the aircraft, including the crew.

General FAQs

All passengers must be a legally registered local or international NGO in Bangladesh, a donor agency or Embassy, a UN organization, a Government of Bangladesh office involved in Bangladesh humanitarian or development projects, or a business involved with humanitarian or development projects. Contact the booking office for additional information on eligibility.

Our amphibious aircraft enables us to fly to various areas in Bangladesh. To date, we have over 300 identified water and land landing sites. Please contact our booking office to confirm your preferred landing site.

Charter flights provide the most flexibility as the user can request when and where the flight goes. Shuttle flights provide a cost-effective way to reach your destination. Shuttle flights are regular charter flights to predetermined geographical areas, whereby passengers from multiple organizations share in the cost of the flight by booking individual seats.

Our amphibious aircraft can accommodate up to eight passengers.

MAF Bangladesh is a non-profit NGO and uses a cost-sharing model to operate flights in support of humanitarian and development activities. Private donations through MAF International and grants from institutional donors cover the majority costs of the operation. The actual users of the flight service contribute towards the remainder of the cost. For current rates, contact our booking office

Each person booked on a shuttle flight is allowed up to 10kg of baggage, regardless of the number of bags. All items are counted towards this weight, including cameras, laptops, backpack, and handbags.

For charter flights, the booking office will provide a maximum weight (combined passengers and baggage) for the flight. This is determined by the destination and route of the flight, season (predicted weather conditions) and amount of fuel required for the flight. Any weight over the maximum weight communicated may be rejected.

MAF in Bangladesh is not permitted to transport dangerous goods aboard our aircraft.

Dangerous goods include (but are not limited to):

  • Corrosive chemicals
  • Gases
  • Toxic substances
  • Explosives
  • Dry ice
  • Infectious substances
  • Flammable liquids
  • Organic peroxides
  • Radioactive materials
  • Flammable solids
  • Oxidising material
  • Magnetized materials
  • Contraband items (illegal drugs, alcohol and unregistered antiquities)

Please contact the MAF booking office for any further clarification required.

Due to the limitations of our small aircraft and seaplane operations in general, regular mobility is needed to enter and exit the aircraft using small/narrow steps and ladders. Additionally, aircraft to boat and boat to wharf/dock transfers require a good balance. Passengers who may find this difficult, or passengers with other special needs should first contact and discuss with the booking office.

A cancellation to a seat booking on shuttle flight must be made no less than 5 business days prior to flight departure, failure to which will result in full forfeiture of the fare or charter cost. The cancellation must be made to our booking office.

Passenger name substitution may be made up to 3 days prior to the date of departure. No manifest changes are permitted after this point. This is due to the security requirements of several government and military offices.

We try to make the process as simple as we can, but there are a few necessary steps:

  1. Ensure your agency is registered with MAF and has signed the Air Service Agreement
  2. Enquire about flight availability (see contact info below)
  3. Submit MAF Flight Request Form
  4. Make payment (user contribution)
  5. Receive flight confirmation and boarding pass(es)

It is important to remember that all flights must be booked and confirmed a minimum of three working days in advance of the flight.

MAF Bangladesh is a non-profit international NGO and uses a cost-sharing model to sustain our humanitarian flight service. Private donations from individuals around the world and grants from institutional donors such as USAID and UK AID cover the majority costs of the operation. The actual flight users (passengers or agencies) also contribute by paying a small local user contribution.

USAID, USAID partners, and aid agencies are eligible for a special lower user contribution rate; available to them through USAID’s Leaving No One Behind Activity. Organizations implementing projects through the UK AID/UNOPS Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness and Response programme are also eligible for a special discounted rate.

For entities that do not fall into these categories, there are other discounted rates available. Our booking office can provide a current rate sheet upon request.

MAF operates a small seaplane (Cessna 208 Amphibian) with a passenger seating capacity of eight adults (including about 10kg baggage per person). The final seating capacity depends on fuel requirements for the particular flight, i.e. route and weather. Normally, we are limited to six adult passengers.

Yes. MAF can provide domestic medical evacuation flights. However, MAF is an air transportation service provider only and does not provide medical assistance or medical equipment. For a medical evacuation flight, MAF will require that the requesting agency provide a document from a medical professional approving the patient for air transfer and provide a medically qualified attendant to accompany the patient on the flight.