|Published : 14 Mar 2017, 21:22:13|
Fly Dubai resumes flight operations from Sylhet today
SYLHET, Mar 14: Dubai-based airlines 'Flydubai' is set to resume its direct flight operations to and from Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport today (March 15) 18 years after the airport was declared an international one in 1998.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon is likely to inaugurate the flight at a function at 2pm at the airport, said Md. Hafiz Ahmed, Manager of CAAB at Sylhet Osmani International Airport.
Fly Dubai's Sylhet Office Manager Sirajul Islam Mukul also confirmed the matter saying that the flight is set to be resumed from today. "We would have one flight, 4 days a week to and from Sylhet with Dubai and then we would operate flights to Qatar, Saudi Arabia etc," said the manager while talking to the correspondent.
Although the Sylhet airport was upgraded into Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport on December 20, 1998 by the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but it couldn't facilitate regular opeartion of foreign carriers yet.
National flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines started their flight to and from Sylhet years ago on different routes, but they stopped those in 2014, for reasons, known best to them. Biman, however, operates direct flights to Sylhet from Kuwait, Jeddah and London, but the return flights are operated via Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.
As the Refueling facilities were established on the airport in 2014, Fly Dubai pressed their debut flight on 4 April of 2015, but it had to be suspended just after a day due to Biman's protest for 'not having ground handling permission'.
Some other budget-airlines like Air Arabia, Jet Air are also likely to follow the new airlines, CAAB sources added.