Dhaka-London direct cargo flights from Wednesday

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

.Biman Bangladesh Airlines will restart direct cargo flights to the United Kingdom from Wednesday, after two years of ban, reports UNB.

The direct cargo-flight operation will resume with a flight of the national flag carrier, BG-001, leaving Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for London at 10:45am, according to a Biman press release issued on Tuesday.

The operation is going to resume three weeks after the withdrawal of the ban that had been in place for two years.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines received 'Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport (ACC3)' certificate, a prerequisite to begin the direct flights to the UK.

Last month, the UK withdrew the ban on direct air cargo from Dhaka after two years.

Earlier on 8 March 2016, the British government slapped the ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London after Biman had failed to pass the safety and security tests.

As per the recommendations of the UK government, the Bangladesh government took some immediate measures such as recruiting UK-based aviation security agency for two years, developing Export Cargo Complex with three layers of security system, introducing European standard training for cargo handling, establishing two explosive detection systems (EDS), introducing Explosive Detection Dog (EDD), Cargo Scanning system and so on.

Later, from 13-16 November 2017, an independent auditor was in Bangladesh to review Biman Bangladesh Airlines' eligibility for the certificate and came up with the approval on 24 February 2018.

Biman's cargo business shrank 22.54 per cent in the last fiscal year on the back of the ban on direct freight flight from Dhaka to London, according to available data.

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