Biman Bangladesh Airlines started operating passenger flights on the Dhaka-Guangzhou-Dhaka route.
The BG-366 flight carrying 177 passengers took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 11:00 am on Thursday and landed in China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at around 4:45 pm.
Earlier on the day, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali inaugurated the flight operation as the chief guest in a ceremony at Hazrat Shahjalal Airport.
Addressing the programme, the state minister said, “Biman is moving forward with a specific goal.”
“The flights on the Dhaka-Guangzhou-Dhaka route will reduce the problem of Bangladeshi students and businessmen traveling to China,” he hoped.
“Besides, it will boost the trade and communication between the two countries,” the state minister added. Biman’s General Manager (Public Relations) Tahera Khondokar said that Biman will operate one flight to China per month for the time being. Mahbub Ali said the frequency of flights on the route will be increased in near future. Saying that the financial condition of Biman is good, the state minister hoped it will reach an even better position in the future.
Chairman of Biman Board of Directors Sazzadul Hasan, Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation Md Mokammel Hossain, Chairman of Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Biman Md Zahid Hossain and Executive Director of Hazrat Shahjalal Airport Group Captain Kamrul Islam, among others, were present at the event.