Dhaka, Bangladesh
International flights also resume soon

International flights also resume soon

Ministry says about wider reopening

News Report International flights on different routes will resume soon after observing international airways’ decisions, as the world kept reopening from anti-corona lockdowns. The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry has also planned to finalize 50% waiver for international airlines till December. Domestic airlines will get 100% waiver of aviation charges to help airlines with the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision was taken during a virtual meeting on Wednesday. State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali presided. Among others, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshall M Mafidur Rahman attended the meeting. The ministry took this decision after receiving recently a proposal by the CAAB that sought an urgent waiver of charges, consideration of which will be published as gazette after a review by the Ministry of Finance soon. Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mohibul Haque confirmed the matter to journalists after the virtual meeting with CAAB authorities. “After observing the international airways’ decisions, we will allow permits to airlines to operate our international flights,” the secretary added. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged Bangladesh to reconsider the decision to impose Value-Added Tax (VAT) on aeronautical services for airlines operating in the country. On April 25, CAAB submitted several proposals, including seeking permission to operate flights, a waiver of aviation charges on landing, parking and housing, boarding-bridge fees, security charges, route- navigation-facility charges, overflying, and reduction in fuel prices and charges for flights beyond optimized hours of operation. On May 11, the CAAB chairman said the proposals submitted were based on local airlines’ demands and in line with international practices being followed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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