US-Bangla to recommence its flight to TIA, shut after the catastrophic crash

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-KATHMANDU

Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines, the sister carrier of the US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint-venture company has planned to recommence its flight to Nepal, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) after seven months of suspension of its flight following the catastrophic crash in which 51 souls were deceased out of 71 souls including crews.

According to Highly Placed Source, the airline has applied for the slot at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) two weeks ago for Tribhuvan International Airport for the resumption of its normal flight. The airline has planned to initiate its resumption flight from October 28, 2018.

The source added that the airline is not likely to get the airport slot at the meantime following the numerous unprofessional interpretations towards TIA ATCs and airport authorities by the airline post holders on the time of US-Bangla Flight UBG 211 (Callsign Bangla Star 211) ‘S2-AGU’ DHC-8 Q 400-MSN 4041, on Sector Dhaka to Kathmandu on March 12, 2018.

The Bangladeshi Carrier-US Bangla Airlines had suspended flights to Kathmandu for an indefinite period stating the “shortage of aircraft”, two days after one of its planes crashed.

But he said that the TIA has been facing severe congestion and it was very difficult to allocate the airline a slot.

Earlier a week ago, a domestic flight of US-Bangla Airlines with 64 passengers and seven crew members on board made a safe emergency landing with malfunctioning wheels at a southeastern Bangladesh airport, Wednesday.

Later, another Malaysia-bound flight of the airlines was forced to return to Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for an emergency landing after receiving a signal indicating a technical glitch.

The airline had begun its commercial flights in 2014 and currently has eight planes with plans to acquire more to serves destinations like India, Malaysia, and Qatar.

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