Flying by Biman mandatory on public money

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:05, Sep 20,2018 | Updated: 02:11, Sep 20,2018

 
 

An aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.-- New Age file photo

The government on Wednesday made it mandatory for anyone travelling on public money to fly by Biman Bangladesh Airlines on routes it operates.
A traveller can fly by other airlines on routes Biman does not operate, said a circular issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday.
The instruction will be applicable to all ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, people enjoying similar status, members of parliament, holder of constitutional offices, chairmen, members and officials of any commission formed by the government; officers and employees of ministries, divisions, government, semi-government and autonomous bodies, statutory organisations, corporations, constitutional bodies and projects, said the circular signed by principal secretary to prime minister Nojibur Rahman.
Headquartered in Dhaka, currently Biman is operating eight domestic destinations—Chattogram, Barishal, Jashore, Cox’s Bazar, Rajshahi, Saidpur and Sylhet, and 15 international destinations mostly towards Middle East and South East Asian countries.
Biman officials welcomed the decision, saying that it was a longstanding demand.
‘We do not want any more subsidy rather we need some policy support,’ said Biman general manager (public relations) Shakil Meraj.
The decision, however, drew mixed reaction among government officials. One of the officials told New Age that they did not understand the direction. ‘For example, what measure would be taken if any official wants to go to Kolkata and find no seat on the lone daily flight of Biman,’ said the official.
Shakil Mejar said in this case, the Biman ticket booking officials would need to write a note for the official citing that there was no ticket for him on the day or on the time.
Private airlines officials could not be communicated immediately.
With newly added Boeing 787, national flag carrier Biman has a fleet of 15 aircrafts.

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