Direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London resume today after Biman Bangladesh Airlines has received the certificate to restart the service around a month after withdrawal of a two-year ban.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Biman Bangladesh General Manager Shakil Meraj said Biman will start sending direct air cargo to the UK with a flight of the national flag carrier, BG-001, from Wednesday morning.In an email message on Monday night, Department of Transportation (DFT)- the UK informed Biman about the acquisition of ACC3 or Air Cargo Carrier audit certification - a prerequisite for beginning the direct flights to Britain.
The Biman official said the authorities lost nearly Tk 150 crore in revenue due to the ban on cargo flights to European countries in the last two years.
The national flag carrier earned a revenue of Tk 351 crore for cargo carrying and handling during the 2014-15 fiscal year but it declined to Tk 315 crore and Tk 244 crore in 2015-16 and 2016-17 fiscal years respectively.
Earlier on March 8, 2016, the United Kingdom imposed a ban on the direct cargo transportation from Bangladesh, alleging low security measures at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).
In the past two years, a comprehensive initiative was taken to increase the overall safety at the airport in accordance with the European Union’s safety standards.