Biman to resume direct flights on Dhaka-Manchester route by Jan 2020

Md Mohibul Haque, Secretary, Civil Aviation and Tourism says
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Dhaka : The national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines is going to launch direct flights to Manchester from Dhaka and Sylhet by January 2020.

Md Mohibul Haque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism announced this at a meeting with Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, England and Robert C Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh on October 5 at InterContinental Dhaka.

The carrier will fly three times a week on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from the airport to the Bangladeshi capital and Sylhet operating a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route, which will start on January 4.

More than 55,000 people are currently travelling from Manchester a year to Dhaka and Sylhet.

Biman now has a strong fleet of ultramodern aircraft. The Prime Minister has already approved the launch of the direct services on the new route, mentioned the Secretary. Hence the carrier is ready with all the arrangements.

"To reach the carrier's full potential, Biman will add a few more new destinations to its network soon," said Haque.

"We have known for some time there is significant demand for a direct service to Bangladesh and so we are delighted to be confirming this news. Manchester Airport is the UK's gateway to the north of England and within our catchment area there are many long-standing Bangladeshi communities for whom this will make a massive difference," claimed Andy Burnham.

"We know there are many northern companies with a desire to trade in Bangladesh, while we also look forward to welcoming business and leisure visitors from that part of the world," added Burnham.

The Mayor also promised to provide all sort of help to Biman required for operating direct flights to Manchester. He also expressed his wish to see Biman operate Dhaka-Manchester-New York flight soon.

The announcement marks a return to Manchester for Biman, which operated a Dhaka-Manchester-New York service until 2012.

Md Ayub Hossain, Managing Director, Hotel InterContinen-tal Dhaka, Dr Md Mosharraf Hossain, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader, Oldham Council, Nakib Akbar, First Secretary, British High Commission in Bangladesh and Adam Jupp, Director - Corporate Affairs, Manchester Airport Group were also present at the meeting, among others.

With the induction of the latest fourth Dreamliner, Biman Bangladesh Airlines currently has 16 aircraft in its fleet.

Having its main hub at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the flag carrier also operates from its secondary hubs at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram as well as Osmani International Airport in Sylhet.

The airline has air service agreements with 42 countries. The headquarter of Biman, Balaka Bhaban, is located at Kurmitola, in the northern part of Dhaka.

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