Abu Dhabi – UAE: The United Arab Emirates represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) signed a Confidential Memorandum of Understanding (CMU)with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority on 15th of March 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to enhance air services between the two countries.
The CMU was signed by Omar Bin Ghaleb, Deputy Director General of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Air Cdre. Mahmud Hussain, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh. Representatives from UAE Civil Aviation Departments and UAE National Airlines attended the meeting as well.
The meeting intended to further expand the operation of air services between and beyond their respective countries under the Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the two countries initialed on 2nd March 2003 and the MoU on 27th August 2007.
According to the CMU , both delegations agreed to confirm the seventeen (17) weekly passengers frequencies operated by the UAE designated carriers on Temporary Operating Permit (TOP) basis after the signing of the MoU in August 2007. The CMU added twenty three (23) weekly passenger frequencies to Dhaka and Chittagong with immediate effect and twenty seven (27) additional passenger frequencies to be mounted on stages ending in 2013.
In addition, both countries agreed to increase the number of cargo frequencies from the current nine (9) weekly frequencies to twenty two (22) frequencies.
Furthermore, the Bangladesh delegation agreed to include Sylhet as an additional point of call in Bangladesh when the airport is ready for international operations.