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Taking flight: Bangladesh, Switzerland sign landmark aviation agreement

Khalid Umar Malik
16 Jun 2024

BERN, Switzerland - According to a press statement issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), Chairman Air Vice Marshal Mafidur Rahman and Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) Director General Christian Hegner signed the ASA on behalf of their respective sides on June 4 in Bern, Switzerland.

The agreement allows authorized airlines from both countries to fly seven passengers and seven weekly cargo flights.

Furthermore, the agreement enables selected airlines from both nations to fly code-sharing flights with their own and third-country carriers.

Switzerland has nominated Swiss International Air Lines and Edelweiss Air AG to operate services between the two countries, while Bangladesh has nominated Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines, and Novoair.

Bangladesh and the European Union (EU) inked another bilateral aviation service agreement in Brussels, Belgium, on June 7.

The primary goal of the agreement is to ensure the application of uniform regulations for air service activities across EU member countries.

CAAB Chairman and Director of the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport signed the agreement on behalf of both sides.

Bangladesh Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mokammel Hossain attended both the signing events in Switzerland and Belgium.

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