Biman to resume New York flightsNew Age Online
Dhaka signed a fresh air-service agreement with Washington early this week to resume Biman Bangladesh Airlines flights to and from New York, which had been suspended since July 2006.
‘A six member team led by civil aviation and tourism secretary Khurshed Alam Chowdhury initialed an air-service agreement with the USA four days back,’ civil aviation minister Muhammad Faruk Khan told reporters at the secretariat on Wednesday.
He said another such deal was signed with Canada today (Wednesday) to establish an air-service link with the country and promote aviation business.
The minister said the government was hopeful to resume Dhaka–New York–Dhaka flights within four months, provided the US Federal Aviation Authority certified Biman to operate flights on the route, since it is a political commitment of the ruling Awami League.
The national flag-carrier Biman will also launch flights on the Dhaka-Toronto route in the next three-four months, he added.
Due to perennial financial losses and serious shortage of aircraft, Bangladesh authorities closed down flights on the Dhaka–New York route.
According to an estimate of the state-run airlines, each of the Dhaka–New York flights by DC10 had caused a financial loss of Tk 55 lakh to Biman.
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