Etihad Airways had decided to suspend its flights from Abu Dhabi to Dhaka from October 1, but tied its link under a codeshare agreement with Indian Jet Airways to continue operations to Dhaka from Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
‘We can confirm that Etihad Airways will suspend flights from Abu Dhabi to Dhaka, effective on 1 October 2018. We will continue to serve Dhaka through its codeshare partnership with Jet Airways from Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata,’ the Abu Dhabi-based airlines told New Age on Saturday in a text.
Asked, Wing Commander Chowdhury M Ziaul Kabir, the director (flight Safety and regulations) of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, said ‘We are not communicated by Etihad Airways in this regard.’
The airlines did not elaborate the reason behind their suspension of their operations.
Kazi Wahidul Alam, an aviation analyst, said the suspension would drop out another competitor on the Dhaka to Middle East and its beyond especially to USA and Canada.
Etihad Airways launched scheduled flights between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh on May 4, 2006 with four services a week.
Frequency rose to daily later.
In 10-years, more than 1.5 million guests have flown between the two cities and beyond since 2006.
Bangladesh passengers had chosen Etihad Airways to fly Middle East, Europe, and North America cities including New York, Toronto and Chicago.
Etihad Airways also operates three dedicated cargo flights every week and has carried over 136,000 tonnes of freight on the route since 2006. Freight includes garments, pharmaceuticals, fishery and other perishables. But, it was not sure whether they would suspend cargo flights.
Bilateral trade between the UAE and Bangladesh has topped $1 billion over between 2006 and 2016.
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