Tuesday, 27 February, 2024
Tuesday, 27 February, 2024

Govt works for doubling air passengers by 2030

Staff Reporter
  24 Jan 2023, 23:13

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali today said the government introduced several policies and made regulatory reforms for civil aviation growth targeting to double the number of air passengers by 2030. 

"We are looking into a future where the carriage of air passengers would be doubled by 2030 while the Asia Pacific region is expected to become the largest air transport market," he said. 

The state minister was addressing as the chief guest at the inaugural session of 30th Steering Committee Meeting of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Programme, South Asia (COSCAP-SA) at a hotel in the city. 

High level regional representatives of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and civil aviation authorities of eight south Asian nations - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan and hosts Bangladesh are being participated at the there-day meeting. 

The state minister said Bangladesh is now in a position where investments in the aviation sector has proved to be cost effective due to many comprehensive and sustainable development works taken by the present government. 

"Work is underway to ensure timely expansion of aviation infrastructure across the country, increase passenger service, improve technical and public skills and ensure safe and smooth air navigation," Mahbub said. 

The state minister said the goal of these activities is to transform Bangladesh into a prime aviation hub and attractive tourist destination. 

He said that a large network of air routes provided by Bangladesh, connecting the major destinations in the South Asia, the South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Western world, has helped the development of international air transport to and from Bangladesh.

"Time has come to tap the market growth and harness the resources," he said adding that the scope of air connectivity of the country is increasing through development and prosperity.

The stat minister said the aviation sector has contributed about 0.08
per cent of Baldness's GDP in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. 

"If the trend continues, air transport in Bangladesh is forecasted to be able to draw an additional 12.1 million passengers totaling more than 22 million passengers by 2038," he added. 

Mahbub said Bangladesh's stable economy, growing GDP and forward-looking legislations have made viable grounds for encouraging investments in aviation sector though it had somehow been stalled during the worst time of Covid-19 pandemic. 

"But, by the far-sighted actions of the government and with the ICAO guidance we have brought trust and compatibility among the various stake holders in the aviation community," Mahbub observed. 

While the country is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, policymakers need to address the critical issues of capacity, talent, technology, and sustainability for strengthening the foundations of the aviation system. 

"We believe that global cooperation is the key to achieve progress and growth and COSCAP-SA with its cooperative approach has always been found in the forefront," he said. 

The state minister hoped that the meeting would provide necessary impetus for the recovery from the pandemic by regaining air connectivity and way forward to explore opportunities within south Asian region. 

Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mokammel Hosain spoke as the special guest while Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman and ICAO regional director Tao Ma gave welcome statement and remarks respectively. 


  • Latest
  • Popular

Journalists are the mirror of society: Alhaj Benazir Ahmad MP

Why Book Fair

Family welfare visitor: HC questions cancellation of recruitment test results

US urges to lower threshold while forming trade union: law minister

Bangladesh, Libya for safe migration, preventing trafficking

No country questioned our election so far: home minister

Jatiyo Party to be the opposition in parliament: Quader

Cold wave: Primary schools to start an hour late

FM Dr. Hasan Mahmud meets Indian Counterpart Dr. S. Jaishankar at NAM Sideline

UN chief greets PM Hasina; pledges to work with her government

Focus on growth–boosting reforms, IMF tells Bangladesh
Bangladesh should focus on containing inflation and rebuilding external resilience in the near term in
IMF, ADB loans to boost reserves in Dec: Bangladesh Bank
Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves will increase in December as the country will receive $1.31 billion
ADB to give Bangladesh $1 billion loan for five projects
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed multiple agreements with Bangladesh to provide the country
BASEL ANTI MONEY LAUNDERING INDEX / Bangladesh jumps 5 notches but still at high-risk zone
Bangladesh has made significant improvement in Basel AML Index 2023, a global anti money laundering