Dhaka-Istanbul direct flight soon
Turkish Airlines will start direct flight from Istanbul to Dhaka in two to three months, aiming at strengthening trade and commerce ties between the two countries.
The country manager of the Turkish Airlines will come to Dhaka within a week to finalise all formalities with the ministries concerned.
Outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Sakir Ozkan Torunlar communicated this to President Zillur Rahman during a farewell call at Bangabhaban yesterday.
The ambassador hoped that the direct flight would help expedite contacts between Turkish and Bangladeshi entrepreneurs to achieve the targeted $1 billion trade between the two countries this year.
Torunlar said Bangladeshi passengers travelling to Europe would also get benefit from the direct flight, as they will be able to use Turkish Airlines as transit passenger at a cheaper rate.
The direct flight would open Bangladesh’s connectivity with other regions of the world.
Zillur Rahman appreciated the outgoing ambassador for his endeavour to enhance the bilateral relation to a new height.
The President conveyed his gratitude to Turkish President Abdullah Gul for visiting Bangladesh in February last and appreciated his desire to increase bilateral trade up to $1 billion.
Zillur Rahman urged the Turkish entrepreneurs to relocate their industries, particularly the textiles, in Bangladesh taking advantage of the prevailing investment-friendly atmosphere.
He remembered his Istanbul visit in November last year to attend the COMCEC Summit of OIC, and thanked the Turkish government for extending warm hospitality during his stay in the country.