Addl flights boosts Oman-Bangladesh link

Growing trade and tourism links between the Sultanate and Bangladesh is luring airlines to deploy more flights in this route.

The national carrier, Oman Air, will launch services to Dhaka from August 2015, offering citizens and residents more choice within Oman Air’s continually expanding network.

The launch of these new services is part of Oman Air’s ambitious programme of expansion and follows the highly successful introduction to their network of services to Goa, Singapore, Manila and Jakarta.

oman flightsOman Air flies to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, which has more than 15 million inhabitants, and also to the port city of Chittagong. The new service, operated using its flagship A330 aircraft, will offer four flights per week between Muscat International Airport and Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Meanwhile, another airline of Bangladesh, Regent Airways, is planning to launch direct flights to Dhaka to Muscat and Chittagong to Muscat very soon.

“The new destinations and increased flights were part of the airlines $100 million expansion plans,” said the airline in a statement recently.

Reacting to the news, President of Bangladesh Social Club, Mohammed Shafiqul Islam Bhuiyan, said that the increased flights will help more than 550,000 Bangladeshis who are the second largest number of expatriates, after Indians, working in Oman.

“Ever since diplomatic ties were established between the two brotherly Muslim countries, Oman and Bangladesh have enjoyed excellent bilateral relations. Bangladesh is proud to be one of the closest friends of the Sultanate, where a large number of Bangladeshi skilled and semi-skilled workers are contributing to the ongoing fast-track development activities in Oman. We are grateful to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for so generously laying his trust in the abilities of the Bangladeshi workforce which are working in all sectors,” he said.