Vol. 5 Num 377 Sun. June 19, 2005  

Air India resumes Dhaka operations

India's state-run Air India yesterday resumed its operations in Bangladesh nearly after two decades as the airline launched flights on Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London route.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin formally inaugurated the flight at Zia International Airport.

The state minister said Air India's flights will add competition to the civil aviation market.

"The flights will not only help boost tourism in both the countries but also improve bilateral relations," the state minister said.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Veena Sikri, Indian Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Tourism Nitopal Basu, Air India Chairman and Managing Director V Thulasidas also spoke at the function.

Air India officials said the airline will operate six flights a week on the route.

The airline will operate flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London route and on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on London-Kolkata-Dhaka-Delhi route.

The airline will also offer connecting flights to passengers from Chittagong and Sylhet through domestic airlines of Bangladesh.

The fare for Dhaka-London-Dhaka has been fixed at US$ 839.

The Air India is offering lower rates compared to those by British Airways, Emirates and Bangladesh Biman, said an Air India official.

Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin, state minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Nitopal Basu, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Tourism of India, Veena Sikri, Indian high commissioner in Dhaka, and V Thulasidas, chairman and managing director of Air India, cut a cake to mark the resumption of the airline's operations in Bangladesh at a function in Dhaka yesterday. PHOTO: Air India