Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume its direct flights between Dhaka and New York soon, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said.
Flight services between the two cities have remained suspended since July 2006.
The foreign minister expressed his optimism while briefing reporters at Lotte New York Palace on Monday on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s participation at different events on the side-lines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
“Our prime minister came to New York by an aircraft of Biman yesterday (Sunday)… Now our Biman has come here. Our expectation is that the operations of Biman will begin on this route in the near future,” he said.
The foreign minister said that Bangladesh has also signed an agreement with the Federation Aviation Administration of the US.
“This is why, we can be optimistic,” he added.
The prime minister arrived in New York on Sunday by a VVIP chartered aircraft of the national flag carrier Biman, raising the image of Bangladesh to a new height.
Dr Momen said the entire entourage of the prime minister was given honour at the airport and faced no immigration hassle. All the entourage members left by cars directly from the airport. “Our prestige has increased due to Sheikh Hasina,” he added.
He said the flight operations on the Dhaka-New York route were suspended many years ago. “Now the fleet of Biman has expanded significantly with the addition of many new and latest aircraft, after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to power.”
“The good news is that they allowed Biman [to land at John F Kennedy International Airport, New York). So, I hope that the operations of Biman flights will start in the near future, though we do not know the exact date,” he said.
“If Biman flights resume on this route, Bangladeshis living in the US will be very glad,” said the foreign minister.