B`desh airline unwilling to resume flights to Pak due to `bigotry approach`
Karachi: Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BBA), which suspended its flights to Pakistan for the last eight months due to Hajj season and shortage of aircraft, is unwilling to resume its operations, despite a lucrative air route.
Industry experts say that the Bangladesh government is not interested in continuing its flight operations to Pakistan due to its bigotry approach against Bangladesh, especially in the wake of recent crackdown against `Jamaat-e-Islami` in Bangladesh on the allegations of supporting Pakistan in 1971 war, reports the Daily Times.
The airline had suspended its operations to Delhi, Rome, London, and Hong Kong destinations in September 2012 in the wake of severe aircraft constraint mainly due to the extra demand for annual Hajj operations of the flag-carrier.
But, recently, BBA MD and CEO Kevin Steele announced that the airline will resume operations of twice-a-week flights to Delhi from May 4 and Hong Kong from May 13, 2013. London and Rome operations had resumed in October 2012.
A lot of Pakistani businessmen who have shifted their businesses to Bangladesh and also numbers of small traders visiting regularly between both destinations to enhance business opportunities are at loss, but BBA is not considering this situation and has still not announced any plan to resume its operation from Dhaka to Karachi.
Although nine airlines including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operate weekly single flight between the said destinations but it is proving insufficient to cover the gap occurred due to suspension of flights by BBA.