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  Volume: XXIV, Issue No. 21 June 16-30, 2015  
  Flights to US expected in 2013
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Dhaka : With the matter of significant safety concern removed, flights to US are expected to start sometime next year, Air Vice Marshal Mahmud Hussain, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said on December 20.
He was talking to the members of the press following the signing of a MoU between Bangladesh and Bhutan.
"Experts of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of US will sit with us soon and we'll discuss how we can operate there within six to seven months," Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said.
On the recent changes in ANO, he said, "It is a kind of safety deposit. We need a guarantee. It is mandatory in all countries. This will help prevent acts of fraudulence."
He referred to the removal of significant safety concerns as the biggest achievement of 2012. "NOVOAIR has Some and I expect more investments in the aviation sector in 2013," he said.
"It is not that we are interested in signing air service agreements (ASAs) with other countries. Other countries are also interested to sign ASAs with us. One such court is Iceland. UK wants to increase cargo frequencies," he said.
Asked about repair of runway of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, he said, "We have just started the repair work. We should have done it six to seven years ago."
On the replacement of the radar at the premier gateway by air to the country, he said, "Physical work on the project, which was in limbo for about 10 years, is expected to start on January 1 or 15."
"CAAB organogram has been prepared and submitted for endorsement. We hope to get the approval soon," he said adding, "our focus in 2013 will be on the upgradation of Cox's Bazar airport."
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