The number of flights allowed between the UK and Bangladesh is to “more than treble”.
January 18: UK Transport Minister Paul Clark announced that the number of flights allowed between the UK and Bangladesh is to “more than treble”. From the end of the month services can increase to 31 a week on each side, up from just ten.
“This represents a significant step forward in aviation relations between our two countries,” said the Minister. “Not only will it help deliver wide economic and consumer benefits, but it will be especially good news for the UK’s large and vibrant Bangladeshi community. With so many UK Bangladeshis having links to Sylhet, the possibility of direct flights will be especially welcome, and I would like to thank all who have worked in both countries to make this possible.”
The increase has been agreed following recent negotiations in Dhaka, and the new arrangements allow airlines from either country to operate services between anywhere in Bangladesh and any UK airport. Previously flights were only allowed between Heathrow, Manchester and Dhaka.
Biman Bangladesh Airways is expected to launch a new service from Dakha to New York via Manchester later this month.