The National Flag Carrier of Bangladesh started flying on the Dhaka-Kathmandu-Dhaka route in 1974 as its fourth international destination. Since then, it has carried 25 lakh passengers on the route, said M Ali Ahsan, Biman’s director for marketing and sales.
“Since the inception, the Dhaka-Kathmandu-Dhaka route has remained one of the profitable destinations of the national carrier,” he told a ceremony celebrating the occasion in the Nepalese capital on Tuesday.
At the programme, Biman awarded five top travel agents based in Nepal.
Ahsan said Biman has gained popularity among tourists as it offers quality service at cheap fares on the route.
Biman now operates a brand new Boeing 737-800 ER aircraft on the route every day, offering more pleasant trips to its valued passengers, he added.
Shakil Meraj, General Manager of Biman for public relations, said the number of passengers using the Dhaka-Kathmandu-Dhaka route is increasing. Currently, a good number of businesspeople and Nepalese students are travelling on Biman apart from tourists.
“Besides, many Nepalese workers use Dhaka as a transit on their way to different countries in the Middle East and South East Asia and they travel by Biman,” he added.
He also said Biman’s Bangladesh Airlines Training Centre has made remarkable contribution in increasing the technical skill of the staff of Royal Nepal Airlines.
Razib Hasan, Biman’s country manager to Nepal, presided over the ceremony, which was attended by representatives from the Nepal Civil Aviation, Royal Nepal Airlines, computer reservations system Galileo, the Nepal-Bangladesh Chamber, and local travel agents.