BG flies to JFK
from DAC, and with stops in DXB
on the westbound route, BRU
only on the eastbound. Passengers from CGP must change planes at DAC.
There are now increasingly greater number of immigrants from the Chittagong area in New York. If I am not mistaken, initially Silk Air was trying to tap into that market -- and I saw people in SIN
waiting for the Silk Air flight to Chittagong (flying from EWR
and connecting to Silk Air flight to CGP)...even though the layover was for 12 hours or more. Problem with Silk Air was the government of Singapore's strict policy on visa issuing to Singapore --- so the O&D traffic suffered hugely. A passenger from CGP had to go to Dhaka to apply for the visa, wait a week for the visa to be approved, then come back to Chittagong to fly to Singapore on Silk Air. Kinda missed the point of convenience. Silk Air stopped flying to CGP last year. Thailand has less restrictive visa policy (travel agents and hotels can get the visa issued so in-person interviews are not always required and as the article says, in-transit formalities can be done in BKK
) so they do get some O&D traffic as well as large connecting traffic.
Most expats from Chittagong get harassed in DAC, so they would fly out of CGP directly to other countries. Customs and immigration officials at DAC are notorious for trying to take bribes from passengers (or worse, having their luggage stolen by the ground crew). So I think TG
is targeting those passengers who would rather completely avoid DAC.
Wasim / Planemannyc