Myanmar and Bangladesh on Thursday last week signed an agreement to resume direct Dhaka- Yangon flights which stopped six years ago.
Win Swe Tun, deputy director of Myanmar Department of Civil Aviation, and Mahmud Hossain, chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), signed the agreement at CAAB headquarters in Dhaka last week.
“Yangon has become now commercially more viable for our carriers. It’s now a good transit on our way to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur,” Mahmud said.
Both the neighbours will immensely benefit commercially through the re-establishment of direct air link, Win Swe Tun said.
Officials expect that the direct air link could be resumed by November.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have been working to reestablish direct air link to connect Yangon and Dhaka after Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier of Bangladesh, stopped its flight between Dhaka and Yangon in 2007 over economic losses.
In January last year Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to launch new bilateral air services in line with international air transport developments. The Bangladeshi cabinet in June last year approved a proposal for signing the deal with Myanmar to resume direct flight service between Dhaka and Yangon.