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Biman Bangladesh wants to go to all Canadian cities, Air Canada can be partner

Manjit Sing

Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag company, is operating direct flights from Dhaka to Toronto.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag company, is operating direct flights from Dhaka to Toronto. This time they plan to deliver the Bangladeshis who are scattered in different cities of Canada. As an initial step, they have informed the Canadian ambassador in Bangladesh about the plan to sign an agreement with Air Canada.

According to Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Canadian Ambassador to Bangladesh Lily Nicholls paid a courtesy call on Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chairman of the Board of Directors, former Senior Secretary Mustafa Kamal Uddin and Biman’s Managing Director and CEO Shafiul Azim at Biman’s head office Balaka on Monday (August 28) night. This brought up the issue of code sharing with Air Canada.

According to a private estimate as of 2016, there are currently about 1 lakh Bangladeshi students and immigration aspirants in Canada. Most of them live in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Alberta. Biman wants to make this deal to deliver Bangladeshis to those cities by Air Canada plane from Toronto.

Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Tahera Khandkar issued a press release on Tuesday (August 29) with a courtesy call on the Canadian Ambassador.

He said that the formal meeting discussed the possible aspects of air traffic between Canada and Bangladesh and code share agreement with Air Canada.

Meanwhile, Lily Nichols said that Biman’s Dhaka-Toronto flight has made communication between the two countries easier. Doubts about the success of the Dhaka-Toronto flight have been removed due to the increase in the number of passengers on this route.

Chairman of Biman Board of Directors Mustafa Kamal Uddin said that Biman was able to start Dhaka-Toronto flight with the cooperation of Prime Minister and Canadian High Commission. This route has become one of the most profitable routes today. Currently there are proposals to increase the flight frequency on this route. The opening of the route has eased transit complications. Since the communication between the two friendly countries is easy, education and trade are expanding. Along with Bangladesh, passengers from neighboring countries are also benefiting.

Shafiul Azim, managing director and CEO of Biman, said that since 1999, Biman has interline communication with Canada. We want to expand that. The completion of the code share agreement with Air Canada will benefit both airlines as well as passengers. Considering the growing passenger demand, increasing the flight frequency is also being considered.

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