US-Bangla launches cargo flights

Operates first cargo flight on Dhaka-Bangkok route
- A Monitor Desk Report 10 May, 2020 | 1157 Views|-+
Dhaka: Private carrier US-Bangla Airlines operated its first cargo flight on Dhaka-Bangkok-Dhaka route on May 9. The carrier started operating cargo flights in an effort to boost trade amid the travel ban caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The BS213 cargo flight departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:40 am and arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1:00 pm local time. The return flight BS214 departed the Suvarnabhumi Airport at 4:30 pm local time and arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5:50 pm.

Earlier, The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) extended the suspension of passenger flights to all countries till May 16 in an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus. But cargo flights, air ambulance and special flights were exempt from this suspension.

The airline said that a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, capable of carrying up to 15 tonnes of cargo, is being used for carrying out cargo operations to transport medical equipment, ready-made garments, perishable food products and other export goods to Asian countries with which Bangladesh has bilateral agreements for cargo transport.

Initially, the carrier plans to operate cargo flights to Asian countries, specially Singapore, Malaysia, China, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, India, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE.

Currently, US-Bangla Airlines is the lone carrier of Bangladesh operating international passenger flights to China's Guangzhou.

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