The airlines will operate flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi from the beginning of 2021
Private airline US Bangla Airlines has announced plans to start flights to four new international destinations – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Colombo, and Male.
Sikder Mezbahuddin Ahmed, chief executive officer of US-Bangla Airlines, made the announcement at a press conference at Ocean Paradise hotel in Cox's Bazar on Sunday.
He said the airlines will operate flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi from the beginning of 2021, and later add flights to Colombo, the capital of Srilanka, and Male, Maldives.
Mentioning that that two more Boeing-737s are being added to the airline fleet, the US-Bangla Airlines CEO also announced plans to start flights on Jessore-Cox's Bazar, Sylhet-Chittagong routes from next year.
Presently, in the domestic sector US-Bangla operates flights from Dhaka to Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Jessore, Saidpur, Rajshahi, and Barisal and the company internationally operates to Kolkata, Chennai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Doha, and Muscat.
US-Bangla Airlines owns 13 aircrafts in its fleet out of which four are Boeing 737-800, six are brand new ATR 72-600, and three are DASH 8-Q400.
Calls for reduced charges
US-Bangla Airlines CEO Sikder Mezbahuddin Ahmed said authorities need to reduce aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges to a reasonable level and hanger facilities for passengers and jet fuel costs at international standards in order to keep the country’s aviation sector alive and afloat.
He also added that a level playing field must be ensured for the national airlines.
“It will take two more years for US-Bangla Airlines to recover from the financial losses it has suffered due to the pandemic,” he responded to a query.
He also demanded that in order to sustain and remain in competition in the international market, charges need to be waived for least two to five years.
In May, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) proposed full wavier for of aeronautical charge for domestic and 50% for international airlines.