United Airways to resume Bangkok flights

United Airways is set to resume its operation on Dhaka-Bangkok route from August after a year of suspension due to low passenger flow to Bangkok from Dhaka in the aftermath of the devastating floods in Thailand.

“We are now ready to resume flights to Bangkok from Dhaka from August. We hope this will help leisure, medical and business travellers from both countries a lot to enhance communication to a further level,” said Mohammad Kamrul Islam, assistant general manager of United Airways.

The first ever publicly listed company in the aviation sector of Bangladesh, United is likely to operate two flights on Sundays and Thursdays from Dhaka to Bangkok every week, he said.

The airline will use MD-83 aircraft, which is a safe and speedy aircraft with comfortable seats, Islam said.

In 2011, 70,000 Bangladeshis visited Thailand, according to the Thai embassy in Bangladesh.

The trade between Bangladesh and Thailand has increased by 40 percent, while it was worth $1.2 billion during 2011-12.

At present, United Airways operates flights in international routes from Dhaka to Jeddah, Dubai, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu and Kolkata, and also from Chittagong to Muscat and Kolkata.

The airline also operates flights to all major domestic destinations from Dhaka.

Now United has nine aircraft -- two DASH 8-100, two ATR-72, three MD-83 and two Airbus-310 -- in its fleet. The company is also set to procure four Jetstream aircraft by September 2012 with an aim to expand its domestic routes.

“We are going to start passenger flights to Barisal from next month. We have plans to fly to Karachi, Doha and Yangon also by the end of this year,” said Islam.

United Airways completed its first five-year journey yesterday. The company's authorised capital is Tk 1,000 crore, while paid-up capital is Tk 441 crore, according to Dhaka Stock Exchange data.

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The Daily Star