The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for direct flights by Biman Bangladesh Airlines on the Chittagong to Kolkata route.
The president of the organisation, Mahbubul Alam, has written to the Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Mahbub Ali, to urge him to take the necessary initiatives in this regard. He made this call on Sunday (March 5).
In the letter, the president of the chamber said that travel between the people of both countries has increased at a significant rate with a focus on medicine and tourism, including mutual trade with India. Bangladesh Biman flights from Dhaka to Kolkata are in operation every day, but there is no direct air connection with Chittagong. In this case, travellers who want to come to Chittagong or go to India from Chittagong will have to travel through Dhaka, which is costly and time-consuming.
The letter also states that a private company operates one flight per day on the Chittagong-Kolkata route. But compared to the demand of traders, medical aspirants, and tourists in the Chittagong region, it is insufficient, and tickets are very difficult to get. The number of passengers and demand for it is increasing gradually.