Biman Bangladesh Airlines has resumed flights to
Bangladesh’s national airline will operate the
thrice weekly flights with Boeing 787-9 aircraft configured with
24 seats in business class and 247 in economy class.
Biman will operate direct flights between
Dhaka and Manchester, while the return leg will fly via Sylhet.
The flight time is about 10 hours.
The airline suspended its previous
Manchester service in September 2012 due to insufficient aircraft.
Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said, “There is no better way to mark the start of a
new year than with the launch of an exciting new long-haul route
from Manchester Airport like this one. We know there is a
significant Bangladeshi community across our catchment area and
this Biman Bangladesh service will be hugely popular with friends,
family and business contacts travelling in both directions.”
There are up to 300,000 people of Bangladeshi
origin in northern parts of the UK, from Birmingham to Scotland,
for whom this service will be their closest direct route to
Biman’s Regional Manager, Debabrota Mallick, said,
“A direct flight from Manchester to Sylhet, and Manchester to
Dhaka has been on our radar for quite some time. As part of our
business strategy, our main focus has been to connect Manchester
to both these thriving parts of Bangladesh. Not only was this due
to high demand from the Bangladeshi community in the North, but we
also saw a good opportunity to increase tourism and business
potential which has been increasing year-on-year. After announcing
the resumption of the Manchester flight, we saw the first two
weeks of flights being completely sold out. We are very pleased to
see such an amazing response, and more Bangladeshi passengers
continuing to book through Biman Airlines.”