GMG gets license to fly on int'l routes
By Staff Reporter
Jan 5, 2004, 12:29
GMG Airlines was issued Air Transport Operating License (ATOL) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) yesterday to fly on international routes.
This decision by CAAB comes after GMG Airlines was issued Provisional ATOL on September 25 last and its subsequent fulfilling all requirements as per Civil Aviation Rules of 1984.
The decision opens a new chapter in the civil aviation sector of Bangladesh. Initially, GMG Airlines has been given permission to fly on three routes--Dhaka to Colombo via Chennai, Dhaka to Male via Colombo and from Chittagong to Chiang Mai of Thailand.
GMG Airlines, which started its operations on April 6, 1998 is the only surviving private airline of Bangladesh and has earned itself the permission to fly on international routes after providing efficient and reliable services for all these years.
The airline has developed the required infrastructure to operate on international routes. It is a member of IATA's MITA (Multilateral Interline Traffic Agreement) and also of IATA's clearing house.
As the final step to start operations on international routes, GMG Airlines now only needs the necessary permissions from the governments of destination countries and is ready to start its international operations as soon as these clearances are received.
In a statement, GMG Airlines yesterday said it welcomed the historical decision and planned to start operations within three months after obtaining some more additional routes to ensure adequate aircraft utilisation.
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Again, a very protectionist approach by the government. I can't see how having three very questionable routes would allow GMG any profits on the international sector. At least a CGP-BKK route should be considered, along with CGP-CCU and DAC-CCU and even DAC-KTM, CGP-KTM and DAC-DEL. GMG has an amazing resilience. It has been fighting BG on all fronts, being treated as the unwanted step-child by the CAAB. It's a shame. GMG is run so much more efficiently than Biman, and given the opportunity, I am sure it could be provide a great service to and from Bangladesh.