Balance of facilities between Biman and private airlines will be ensured

The government is trying to balance the provision of facilities between state carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines and private airlines to properly manage the country’s aviation sector.

The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman made the statement during a seminar on “The Perspective of Bangladesh as a Regional Hub ” Saturday.

The CAAB chief said: “Despite all sorts of elements to be a hub, we cannot yet turn Hazrat Shajalal International Airport (HSIA) into a regional hub,” he said.

He said the geolocation of Bangladesh is favorable to make it a regional hub.

“We will maintain the international standard in our service… We have already appointed foreign consultants in this regard,” he said at the seminar, held on the sidelines of the international travel and tourism fair at the Pan Hotel. Pacific Sonargaon from the city.

Referring to the trend of air passenger growth, the CAAB Chairman said, “Four million people traveled overseas while domestic flight operations were also kept afloat during the pandemic.”

He further said that cargo flights were also a boost for the sector amid Covid-19.

The CAAB President, however, pointed out that many challenges, including funds, land, rapid technological changes of skilled labor and support, still remained.

Citing the example that Singapore airport has five runways, he said it is still difficult to facilitate another runway in Dhaka.

He said the private sector also helps boost the sector as well as the government.

Kazi Wahidul Alam, editor of Bangladesh Monitor, said private airlines and stakeholders involved in the aviation sector are trying to contribute to the government’s initiative to transform the country into a regional hub.

Zahid Hossain, director of administration and sales at Biman, said: “We are struggling to provide quality service because we could not recruit according to demand.”

Organized by The Bangladesh Monitor, the seminar was also addressed by Md Abdullah Al Mamun, Managing Director of US-Bangla Airlines; Mofizur Rahman, CEO of Novoair; and ATM Nazrul Islam, Managing Director of United Airways Bangladesh Ltd.

Representatives of different stakeholders in the country’s aviation industry, including regulators, airlines, relevant apex trade bodies, aviation experts and aviation journalists, also spoke at the occasion. .

Richard F. Gandhi