National, Front Page

Biman launches flight to Guangzhou

Published : 18 Aug 2022 09:49 PM

Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Thursday launched its flight operation on Dhaka-Guangzhou route following the resumption of Dhaka-Toronto flight operation.

Flight BG 366 left HSIA at 11 am (local time) and landed at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China at 4:45 pm (local time). The return flight BG 367 will leave Guangzhou airport at 7.45 pm (local time) and arrive in Dhaka at 9.30 pm. State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali as the chief guest inaugurated the maiden flight at the departure terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) on Thursday. 

He said, "The opening of flights on the Dhaka-Guangzhou route will resolve the problem of Bangladeshi students and businessmen travelling to China. Currently the frequency of flights is low but this frequency will increase in the near future." 

"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very sincere in the development of Biman. Besides increasing trade and communication between the two countries, this route will become one of the most profitable routes for Biman," he added. 

Biman on Thursday carried 75 percent of its capacity passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The national flag carrier is currently allowed to operate one flight a month amid the pandemic but in the future it will increase number of flights. Pointing out that there are many Chinese factories in different parts of the country, the state minister said, "There are big industries in the country where 200 to 300 Chinese people work. Today's flight will add a different dimension.”

Commenting on the relationship between Bangladesh and China, Biman-Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director Zahid Hossain said, "Over the last few years, we have developed a deep relationship with China in trade, education and tourism. There are still restrictions in several places due to the Covid-19 situation, but the relationship between Bangladesh and China will be strengthened through this flight." 

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Biman Sazzadul Hasan, Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mokammel Hossain, Chairman of Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority Air Vice Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman, and HSIA Executive Director Group Captain Kamrul Islam and others were also present on the occasion.