As part of the new initiative, the national flag company Biman Bangladesh Airlines wants to increase its network in the air routes of various countries in Europe. So Biman is going to enter into a code-sharing agreement with Gulf Air, the national flag carrier of Bahrain.
Gulf Air currently operates regular flights to around 50 destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia. At one time the airline was the only international airline in Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Oman.
Aviation experts say that if code sharing is implemented, airlines will be able to build their own networks on routes that are currently authorized to operate flights, but do not have flights.
It has been found that Biman has been trying to enter into code-sharing agreements with several airlines for the past few years. Airlines like Japan Air and Air Canada are also on the list. But they have not seen the face of success yet. Biman has already operated a direct flight from Dhaka to Toronto, Canada. Besides, the much-anticipated flight to Narita, Japan has started.
Biman’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Shafiul Azim recently told reporters that this is the first time in the history of Bangladesh that code sharing is happening with Biman. The third terminal is being or trying to internationalize Cox’s Bazar airport. If we want to establish Bangladesh as a hub, then Biman must come forward.