Air passengers increased by 38 lakh in one year



Ishtiaq Hussein, Special Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Not only Bangladesh, after the corona pandemic, air passenger transportation has increased all over the world. The annual publication of Boeing, the world-renowned aircraft manufacturer's Commercial Market Outlook, predicts that Bangladesh's annual GDP will grow at a rate of more than 5 percent by 2032, which is more than double the global GDP growth average. Also, the annual growth rate of air travel is expected to be 8.5 percent.

On the other hand, the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) also predicts that the number of passengers by air from Bangladesh will increase several times in the next decade. An audit by CAAB says that in 2022, Bangladesh's airports handled about one crore passengers. Last year in 2019, this number was a little more than 85 lakh. By 2031, the number of air passengers from Bangladesh will double.

The truth of those predictions of Boeing and CAAB has also started to match in the aviation sector of the country. A recent report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, analyzing the data of CAAB, says that air passenger transport has increased by 32 percent in the financial year 2022-23 on both domestic and international routes. In the financial year 2022-23, all airports of the country, including Shahjalal International Airport, handled 1 crore 53 lakh passengers on domestic and international routes. However, in the financial year 2021-22, the airports handled 1 crore 15 lakh passengers. And in the financial year 2020-21, the airports handled only 58 lakh passengers.

Aviation experts say that the rate of increase in the number of passengers by air was upward not only in Bangladesh but globally. Air passenger traffic rose 45.8 percent year-on-year in April despite global economic uncertainty, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported. Air passenger increased by 48 percent in April. All markets have seen strong passenger growth records. Among these, the airlines of the Asia-Pacific region are ahead again.

They say, because of these domestic and international forecasts, the government started the construction of the third terminal. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina partially inaugurated this terminal last October. It will be fully operational by the end of next year. It is being said that its size is more than double compared to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Shahjalal Airport. The previous two terminals served 80 lakh passengers annually. And with the third terminal, it will be possible to serve one crore sixty lakh passengers.

The increase in passenger numbers from Bangladesh is encouraging aircraft manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus to sell their aircraft. Recently two companies have been seen courting in Dhaka to sell aircraft to Biman.

Experts say that domestic airlines do not have the capacity to transport the number of passengers. If this capacity is to be increased then they will have to buy new aircraft. Meanwhile, Biman Bangladesh Airlines is planning to buy 10 wide body aircraft (Airbus 350-800) from Airbus. They will first deliver 350 aircraft within the next year if they get the work order from Biman.

On the other hand, more than 15 foreign airlines have already shown interest in operating Bangladesh flights. These foreign airlines include Iran Air, Iraqi Air, Korean Air, Jin Air, Indonesia's Garuda Airlines, Wiz Air. Also defunct Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), British Airways. Also Emirates, Air Asia, Air Arabia operating flights from Dhaka are interested in increasing the number of flights.

Shafiul Azim, managing director and CEO of Biman, says that their network will be expanded when new aircraft arrive. The number of flights to Canada will be increased; new routes will be launched including New York flights.

   

Bailey Road fire: 3 arrested along with Kacchi Bhai's manager



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Police arrested 2 people and the manager of Kacchi Bhai from Chaie Chumuk Restaurant on the ground floor of the building in connection with the terrible fire on Bailey Road in the capital.

The arrested are Anwar and Rimon, the two employees of Tea Sip, and Jisan, the manager of Kacchi Bhai.

Dr. Kh. Mahiduddin Additional Commissioner(Crime & Ops)of DMP gave this information in a press conference organized at DMP Media Center on Friday (March 1) evening.

Dr. Mahid Uddin said that the fire started from the food shop on the ground floor of the building. The police will be the plaintiff in a case of wrongful death in the fire incident. Anyone from the victim's family can file a case if they want to file a case. Three people have already been detained and questioned in this incident.

In response to the question of the journalists whether there is any negligence of the responsibility of the owner of the building in the incident of this fire, he said that starting from the owner of the building, legal action will be taken against whoever is found responsible in this incident.

Referring to yesterday's fire incident, 46 people have died so far, Kh. Mahid Uddin said, 20 men, 18 women and eight children died in the fire. 40 of the dead have been identified. The bodies of 38 of them have been handed over to their families. The bodies of two people have been kept in the freezer of the morgue. Attempts are being made to identify the remaining six through DNA testing.

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Seven new state ministers took oath



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Seven more state ministers who were newly added to the cabinet for the fourth consecutive term of the Awami League government under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina have taken the oath of office. As a result, the size of the cabinet has increased to 44 members.

President Md. Sahabuddin administered the oath to the new State Ministers at Bangabhaban on Friday (March 1) evening. In the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the oath ceremony was conducted by Cabinet Secretary Md. Mahbub Hossain. Besides Speaker Shireen Sharmin Chowdhury, cabinet members were also present on the occasion.

The new State Ministers who took oath are – Rajshahi-5 Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Md. Abdul Wadud, Naogaon-2 Constituency MP Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, Chattogram-14 Constituency MP Nazrul Islam Chowdhury, Reserved Women Constituency MP and Awami League Central Education and Human Resource Affairs Secretary Begum Shamsun Nahar (Tangail), Reserved Women Constituency MP and Awami League Central and Planning Finance Secretary Begum Wasika Ayesha Khan (Chattogram), Begum Nahid Izahar Khan (Dhaka), MP for reserved women's seat and daughter of Martyred Colonel Nazmul Huda and MP for reserved women's seat and Central Health and Population Secretary of Awami League Begum Rokeya Sultana (Jaipurhat).

Earlier in the afternoon, the President appointed seven new ministers of State to the cabinet. A notification in this regard was issued by the Cabinet Division.

It was informed that according to Clause (2) of Article 56 of the Constitution, the President on Friday appointed seven people as State Ministers of the Government.

Awami League has formed the government for the fourth consecutive term after winning the majority of seats in the 12th Jatiya Sangsad elections on January 7. Boat symbol won 223 seats in the election. The coalition partners also got two seats elected on the boat symbol. Jatiya Party got 11 seats and Kalyan Party got one seat. Besides, independent candidates have won 62 seats for the first time.

On January 11, 37 members of the new cabinet took oath at Bangabhaban. Among them, 36 ministers-state ministers except the Prime Minister. As 7 new members were added today, the size of the cabinet now stood at 44. Of them, 25 full ministers and 18 state ministers.

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Bailey Road fire in International media



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Forty four people have died so far in the fire in the building of Kacchi Bhai restaurant on Bailey Road in the capital. Several others who were burnt are undergoing treatment at the Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute.

The fire was reported at 9:50 pm on Thursday (February 29). After about two hours of efforts, the fire was brought under control around 12 midnight.

The incident of this terrible fire came to the international news agency Reuters, AP, Aljazeera, The Guardian and other major international media. In addition, the news of the fire is being promoted very seriously in the media of different countries of the world. Since the accident, it has been broadcast as 'breaking news' in various international media.

Health Minister Dr. Samanta Lal Sen said that the respiratory systems of most of the injured in the fire were burnt. Their condition is serious. Efforts are underway to save them.

According to a statement of the fire service, they rescued 75 people alive. The multi-storey building on Bailey Road mainly housed restaurants as well as several clothing and mobile phone shops, the fire service said.

The fire service's media cell informed them that they received information about the fire at 9:50 pm. The first unit arrived at the scene at 9:56 a.m. Later, 12 more units rushed to the spot as the fire spread. Police, Ansar, RAB and NSI worked to control the fire.

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Fire originated from ground floor of building: CID



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Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Chief Mohammad Ali Mia said that the fire originated from the ground floor of the Kacchi Bhai restaurant building on Bailey Road in the capital.

He said this to reporters after visiting the scene on Thursday (February 29) around 3:30 a.m.

CID chief Mohammad Ali Mia said, we have learned that the fire originated from the underground (ground floor) of the building. But it could not be confirmed whether it was due to short circuit or gas. The evidence will be collected and chemical tests will be done in the lab. Then the real cause of the fire will be known.

The head of CID said that the DNA test will be done to identify the identity of the dead body in the fire incident. Legal action will be taken against anyone who is negligent in this incident.

Incidentally, fire broke out in the building around 10:30 on Thursday night. At least 44 people have died.

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