Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumed Dhaka-Delhi direct flights yesterday, over four years after it suspended flight operations on the route.
A 162-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 3pm with 152 passengers for Delhi after an inaugural ceremony.
Initially, Biman will operate three weekly flights on the route with Boeing 737s on Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays.
The flights will depart at 3pm and reach Delhi at 5:20pm (local time). The return flight will take off from Delhi for Dhaka at 6:20pm (local time) and land in Dhaka at 9:20pm, said a Biman press release.
Biman has announced a 15 percent discount on the ticket fare till May 30.
The fare for an economy class return ticket having one-month’s validity has been fixed $300 and that with one year’s validity at $320, excluding taxes.
Biman suspended flight operations on Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Hong Kong routes in March 2015 on diverting three wide-body aircraft for Hajj operations that year.
The national carrier resumed twice-weekly service on each of the routes in May 2014, a year past suspending operations on these two long-served destinations in 2012 due to a severe shortage of aircraft.
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