Biman Bangladesh Airlines has reduced airfares for flights to different Middle East countries to support the expatriate workers on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebration of the national flag carrier.
From 16 January, the reduced fares will be applicable to the purchase of new tickets on Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Dubai and Abu Dhabi routes, says a press release issued by Biman on Tuesday.
Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (ATAB), Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) and Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) leaders have repeatedly urged review the unusual increase in plane fares on the Middle East routes.
The maximum one-way fare for each economy Class ticket on the Dhaka-Jeddah route has been reduced from Tk 72,455 to Tk 64,820 inclusive of tax, according to the press statement.
The maximum one-way economy class fare on the Dhaka-Riyadh / Dammam route has been reduced from Tk 70,758 to Tk 63,123 inclusive of tax, reads the release.
The maximum one-way economy class rate on the Dhaka-Dubai route has been reduced from Tk 75,508 to Tk 72,784 inclusive of tax.
The press statement also confirms that the maximum one-way economy class fare on the Dhaka-Abu Dhabi route has been reduced from Tk 67,025 to Tk 58,542 inclusive of tax.
Last month, manpower exporters have expressed concerns over an alleged syndicate which they think is behind skyrocketing air fare in Middle East routes.
Due to this, the country’s migrant workers are suffering and so is the manpower export, they said.
The manpower exporters made the remarks at the first meeting of the FBCCI's Standing Committee on Manpower and Skill Development on December 29, 2021.
While an average air ticket was Tk 50,000 in the routes before the Covid pandemic, it is now more than double, they said.
The businessmen alleged that the syndicate wanted to streamline the process of sending workers to Malaysia, just like air tickets in the Middle East routes.