Biman resumes Dhaka-Rome-Dhaka flight after 9 years

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume direct flights to Italy’s Rome from tonight (Tuesday).

“We are all set to resume the flight. As per our market analysis, the Dhaka-Rome-Dhaka route will be another popular one, like our London (UK), Toronto (Canada), and Narita (Japan) routes," said Biman MD and CEO Shafiul Azim.

The Dhaka-Rome-Dhaka direct flight is resuming after nine years prompting by large number of expatriate Bangladeshi community residing in Italy.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister M Faruk Khan will inaugurate the flight as the chief guest along with Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh Antonio Alessandro at 9:30pm at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).

The inaugural flight is schedule to depart Dhaka at 3:30am. The decision to resume the flight was thoroughly assessed from a commercial standpoint while Bangladeshi expatriates in Rome have increased sevenfold since 2009, said the Biman CEO.

"The planning of Biman's route expansion to different cities in Europe is a reflection of Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's commitment to the expatriate Bangladeshis," he said.

The Dhaka to Rome flight will be Biman's third European destination, as currently the national flag carrier is operating flights to London and Manchester.

After announcement of the Rome flight the visa applications to Italy has increased three folds, the Biman CEO said referring to the Italian Embassy in Dhaka.

Azim said he is also planning to use Rome as a stopover for Biman's Dhaka-Toronto-Dhaka flight, as currently the state-owned carrier is using Istanbul for refuelling its Canada-bound flight.

Bangladesh Biman initially began operating flights to Rome on 2 April, 1981 and stopped on 6 April, 2015, facing financial losses due to massive fuel consumption by the then DC-10 carrier.

Between 27 March and 31 March, flight BG-355 will depart Dhaka every Monday,Tuesday, and Thursday at 2:00am local time and reach Rome at 7:00am local time.

From 1 April, the flight will take off from Dhaka every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 3:00am as per the summer schedule and arrive at the capital of Italy at 9:10am. The flight will leave Rome at 10:45am and land in Dhaka at 11:45pm.

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