Biman to operate bigger aircraft to Coxs Bazar

A Monitor Report 16 May, 2017  |    -      +
Dhaka : Biman Bangladesh Airlines on May 9 decided to operate two weekly Dhaka-Cox's Bazar flights with aircraft, taking opportunity of runway of the country's premier tourist destination airport.

"Initially, we thought to operate one weekly flight, but today we decided to operate two weekly flights from May 18 on every Thursday and Saturday by 162-seater Boeing B737-800 considering huge passengers' demand on that route," Shakil Meraj, General Manager (GM), Public Relations Biman said.

Presently, the national flag carrier is operating one daily Dhaka-Cox's Bazar-flight with its 74-seater Dash Q-400 aircraft.

"The aircraft will offer Business Class apart from Economy Class, to tourists for the first time," he said, adding that the lowest fair for one-way Business Class will be Tk 9,000 and Tk 4,000 for Economy Class.

"We will increase operation of bigger aircraft gradually, specially in winter during the tourist season," Meraj said.

The British-era Cox's Bazar airport is being used domestically. Only small aircraft, with less than 76-seat, uses the airport until now.

The government has been working to upgrade the airport to an international one to make the Cox's Bazar as an international single tourist designation.

As part of the "Cox's Bazar Airport Development Project", Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) official said runway of the airport was extended to 9,000 from 6,775 feet and widened to 200 from 150 feet that would allow bigger aircraft to use the airport.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally launched the operation of the bigger aircraft on the expanded runway of the aviation facility by on boarding Biman's Boeing B737-800 "Meghdoot" on May 6.

The CAAB sources said the 80 per cent work of upgrading the Cox's Bazar airport to international standard has already been completed and they are expecting to complete the task by next year.

Apart from the national flag carrier, presently the private US-Bangla Airlines and Novo-Air operate two flights daily while Regent Air operates one flight daily.

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