Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked Biman Bangladesh Airlines to take effective measures to provide world class passenger and cargo services making it more profitable.
“For effective and skilled ground handling system we want to create a separate unit. For this training and manpower is needed,” she said while addressing the Golden Jubilee anniversary programme of the national carrier, reports UNB.
She said the separate unit is needed as soon as possible so that the government could provide appropriate manpower there for ensuring better passenger services.
The programme was held at Balaka Building of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The prime minister joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.
She asked the Biman authority to take steps for better ground handling.
Hasina said that she wants Biman will internationally conduct its cargo services with its own planes.
“This would bring profits for Biman. At least procurement of two cargo planes is urgently needed, I think that, if you take initiative properly right now, it would be possible to do so,” she said.
Biman will be more profitable if its cargo service continues, she added.
In this regard she said that establishment of communication along with cargo service with the neighbouring countries is urgently needed.
“There is no need to seek profit in all routes,” she said.
The PM said that the cargo handling and flight handling will be of international standard.
“Passengers must not suffer after getting down from planes. You have to give special attention in this matter,” she directed.
She also put emphasis on digitisation of customs system totally.
She mentioned that people coming from abroad might buy some products and bring those home for their families.
“They will not face any harassment If this can be digitised,” she said.
She asked Biman staff to take good care of expatriate Bangladeshis when they come home.
“They come home during their vacation. Take this in to consideration make sure that these expatriates do not face any hassle at the airport,” she said.
The PM directed the Biman authority to take care of its new aircraft properly.
She said that upcoming Terminal 3 at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and settimg up a new radar there would bring new dynamism in country’s aviation sector.
Putting emphasis on the smooth and quick communication network, she said this will bring more investors in the country as the government is setting up 100 economic zones across the country.
“Apart from this the domestic passengers will be benefited by the smooth and quicker communication system,” she said.
She also briefly described various development programmes of the government to improve the aviation sector for better air communication with regional countries.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali, Secretary of the ministry Md Mokammel Hossain and Managing Director & CEO Dr Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal also spoke at the programme.