Dhaka Stating different mega projects taken to spread
out the booming aviation sector, State Minister for Civil Aviation and
Tourism M Mahbub Ali here today urged pilots to identify different challenges
for improving flight safety standards in order to curb airplane accidents.
I have called upon all the aviation stakeholders to ensure safe flying in
order to reduce airplane accidents, he said while inaugurating the Asia-
Pacific Regional Meeting of IFALPA at a city hotel.
Pilots from 19 countries � Bangladesh, Australia, Canada, China, Fiji,
Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand,
Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the USA � are
taking part in the four-day meeting.
Highly lauding efficiency of Bangladeshi pilots, the state minister said
whenever he flies in any local airlines especially Biman Bangladesh Airlines,
he feels comfortable and relaxed because he knows he is in good hands of
Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always says, Biman pilots are one of the
best pilots of the world, the state minister added.
Ali described various recent initiatives taken by the government to ensure
financial sustainability in the aviation sector as well as support Air Cargo
The minister, in his speech, mentioned undergoing mega projects, including
construction of the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport,
construction of new terminal buildings as well as expansion of runways at
Chattogram, Sylhet, Cox's Bazar and Jashore airports.
Besides, he said a project is being implemented to ensure the security of
all international airports in Bangladesh in line with the recommendation of
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Infrastructural development will support our booming (aviation) industry
and convert our visions as well as dreams to success stories the
government is committed to achieve the target, he added.
Biman's Board Chairman Air Marshal (retd) Enamul Bari, Civil Aviation
Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Mofidur
Rahman, IFALPA President Captain Jack Netskar, Executive Vice President
Captain Ishtiaque Hossain and Bangladesh airlines pilots association (BAPA)
President Captain Mahbubur Rahman also spoke at the inaugural session.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)