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UK lifts ban on air cargo flights from Dhaka

The Daily Dawn

Finally after two years, the United Kingdom government withdrew the ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka-London on Sunday with certain conditions.
British High Commission made the announcement after a meeting with Civil Aviation Authority at Civil Aviation Board at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
CAAB spokesperson Rezaul Karim also confirmed the issue.
The declaration came on several conditions, including appointing of two consultants for overall airport security on long-term basis, following UK model on aviation security and reviewing of the airport security jointly by both UK and Bangladesh governments.
To this end, CAAB member (management and planning) Air Commodore M Mostafizur Rahman said the security system has been improved at the HSIA as they have been working really hard for last two years.
Additional secretary to civil aviation and tourism ministry Abul Hasnat Md Ziaul Haque told “We are happy over the withdrawal of the cargo ban. UK DFT gave some restrictions, but these are not going to make any problems.”
“As per the conditions, we have to conduct a joint assessment thrice a year.”
About the ACC-3(Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport), he assured that the certificate can be achieved within next 15 working days.
It is to be noted, after several observations of UK representatives; the UK’s department of transport imposed 10 new conditions on ending the ban on cargo flights from Dhaka-London at the end of last year.
A three-member team of UK representatives had visited the HSIA to monitor the overall security systems on November 2017. Later, on November 27 in the same year, the civil aviation minister also met the UK DFT.

The UK imposed restrictions on cargo haulage directly from the airport in March 2016 and Germany in June 2017.
The national flag carrier counted a staggering loss of Tk 77 crore last because of the restrictions.
According to the conditions attached by these countries, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has already appointed the UK’s Redline Aviation and set up an explosive detection system (EDS) machine.
The equipment includes dual-view x-ray scanning machine for aircraft to inspect heavy bags, liquid explosive detection system, under-vehicle scanning system, FAP barrier gate with card reader, barrier gate with RFID card reader, explosive detection system and explosive trace detection.

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