MANCHESTER: New flights to Bangladesh from Manchester Airport were formally launched last weekt to much fanfare. Biman Bangladesh Airlines celebrated the inaugural flight to Dhaka and Sylhet at an event attended by civic leaders and representatives from the Bangladeshi community. A special dinner celebration at the Radisson Blu Hotel followed the official launch at the airport.
The new route is set to be popular as it cuts out a long drive from Dhaka to Sylhet – an area where many in the region travel to.
Bangladesh’s national airline will operate the routes from Manchester to Dhaka and Sylhet on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a flight time of 10 hours.
The carrier will utilise two brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with 24 seats in business class and 247 in economy.
Economy fares start from £580 return and business class return fares are available from around £1,500. The service will fly from Manchester to Dhaka via Sylhet and will then return to Manchester from Dhaka directly.
The service comes on the back of a delegation led by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham travelling to both cities in October.
In the coming months, delegations from Dhaka and Sylhet are also set to visit Manchester to explore opportunities in a range of business, cultural and educational fields.
Speaking to Asian Image on the night Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said, “Every year we do a lot of business development work and we have been trying to encourage Dhaka an Slyhet and Biman to fly to Manchester
“We have such a strong Bangladeshi community here so there is a clear demand for it. The airline has now seen there is a case to have a direct flight and it made sense for them and it is the reason we are launching that today.