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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Bangladesh mull opening direct flights

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Dhaka   /   Sat, October 28, 2017   /   08:37 pm
Indonesia, Bangladesh mull opening direct flights Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Soemarno (sitting, left) and Vice Marshal M. Naim Hassan of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) sign a renewal of Air Services Agreement between Indonesia and Bangladesh on Oct. 26, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Indonesian Embassy /-)

Indonesia and Bangladesh have agreed to renew their bilateral air services agreement to upgrade their connectivity, including by considering the opening of direct flights connecting cities between the two countries. 

“The renewal of the Indonesia-Bangladesh air services agreement is a opportunity to unlock business opportunities and tourism potential between the two countries,” Indonesian Ambassador for Bangladesh Rina Soemarno was quoted as saying by Antara during the opening of the Air Services Consultations Meeting Between Indonesia and Bangladesh. 

In its release on Saturday, the embassy said the renewed agreement would revise the previous agreement made on Sept. 5, 1997 in a meeting in Jakarta. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has invited its Indonesian counterpart to further discuss the agreement renewal in a bilateral meeting in Dhaka on Oct. 26. Also present in the meeting were Indonesia’s air transportation director from the Transportation Ministry, Maria Kristi Endah Murni, and Bangladesh Air Vice Marshal M. Naim Hassan. 

According to Rina, Bangladesh named Dhaka and Chittagong as options for cities that could have direct flights to Indonesia. (dmr)