The national flag carrier of Bangladesh has announced its return to Manchester Airport, with a new service to Sylhet and Dhaka set to start in the new year.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines will fly three times a week from the airport to the Bangladeshi capital and Sylhet.
The news was announced at a special event at the British high commission in Dhaka, attended Manchester Airport chief executive, Andrew Cowan, and Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, who is leading a ten-day delegation to Bangladesh and India.
Biman will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route, which will start on January 4th.
The service will operate via the eastern Bangladeshi city of Sylhet on its return from Manchester.
It is a boost to the many Bangladeshi communities within Manchester Airport’s catchment, as well as being tipped to deliver wide ranging trade and tourism benefits.
There are more than 55,000 people a year who currently travel from Manchester Airport’s catchment to Dhaka and Sylhet, with around 600,000 people travelling to destinations in Biman’s onward network.
Speaking from Dhaka, Cowan said: “We have known for some time there is significant demand for a direct service to Bangladesh and so we are delighted to be confirming this news…