Biman Bangladesh Airlines plans to operate flights to Canada for bolstering connectivity between the East and the West.
The national carrier signed an agreement with the Bangladeshi government in this regard on Wednesday, confirmed its Managing Director Md Mokabbir Hossain.
Biman has started the process of applying to the Canadian authorities to secure permission for flight operations. Back in 2013, the Bangladeshi government signed an air agreement with Canada, but no local airlines have started operating in the country yet.
The national carrier is planning to start operating from October this year, said Mokabbir.
If Biman starts flights to Canada, travelling hours for US-Dhaka passengers will come down to 17 hours from the current 23 to 24 hours, he said.
Biman will also introduce its flights in Tokyo, Japan soon. The two destinations will make Dhaka a hub for East-West connectivity by connecting flights with other foreign airlines, he added.
Biman was supposed to introduce flights from Dhaka to Guangzhou, China by May, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the permission process from the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh.
Biman has six brand new Dreamliner aircraft for long haul flights.