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Switzerland and Bangladesh Signs a Bilateral Air Service Deal

Switzerland and Bangladesh Signs a Bilateral Air Service Deal

On June 4th, Switzerland took another step forward in its commitment to expanding its intercontinental connections by signing a bilateral air service agreement with Bangladesh and thus strengthening the bond between the two countries. 

This significant deal has the potential to unlock a new era of economic cooperation and travel opportunities for both countries.

The deal gives both airlines significant operational freedom by lifting restrictions on the number of carriers allowed to run flights between Bangladesh and Switzerland, in contrast to several other restrictive agreements.

It also permits codeshare flights, that is participating airlines work together to provide bundled services under a single flight code. 

With permission to fly up to seven direct passenger and freight flights per week, both nations expect to gain from this flexibility.

Economically speaking, both parties benefit from this agreement. An increase in aviation traffic benefits Bangladesh and Switzerland by promoting investment, trade, and tourism.

Bangladeshi exports can more effectively reach European markets, while Swiss enterprises can more easily access the growing Bangladeshi market.

Tourists can now more easily discover new places, which enhances cross-cultural interchange.

The actual agreement is a non-binding treaty signed on June 4th in Bern by Christian Hegner, Director of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation.

The Swiss Federal Council had previously given it the go-ahead in November 2023. However, Bangladesh must finish all its internal agreement processes before the official launch.

Switzerland presently maintains a network of these agreements with more than 150 nations, promoting an international aviation industry.

This agreement was initiated due to Bangladesh’s impressive economic growth over the last 20 years. Bangladesh is strategically positioned as a future major player in the regional aviation industry thanks to its growth narrative and physical location along important international aviation routes.

Bangladesh has been actively investing in the expansion and modernisation of its aviation infrastructure since realising this potential.

This agreement makes Bangladesh a rising star in the aviation industry, promotes cultural interchange, and opens the door to economic development.

We may anticipate a dynamic new chapter in the relations between these two countries to begin as soon as the agreement goes into force.

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Written by Nadia Farha Mubin

Content Writer and Travel Enthusiast


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