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New policies for aviation growth in Asia-Pacific

Published : 24 Jan 2023 10:16 PM | Updated : 25 Jan 2023 03:03 PM

The government is introducing new policies and reforming its existing laws of the civil aviation to rip the benefits of aviation growth in the Asia Pacific region by 2030. 

Within this time air passenger will also grow double.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md. Mahbub Ali said this on Tuesday during the inauguration of Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing airworthiness Programme, South Asia.

He said that with development and prosperity, the scope of air communication of the country is increasing. Timely expansion of air infrastructure across the country,  enhancement of passenger services, development of technical and human skills and ensuring safe and smooth air traffic are underway.

And all these activities aim to transform the country into a major aviation hub and attractive tourist destination, he added. 

According to data, the Asia Pacific region is expected to become the largest aviation market by 2030.

Carrying passengers to and from Bangladesh is increasing as the country is the centre point of many international destinations now. Passengers travelling to and from the South Asia, the South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Western world to and from Bangladesh. 

“As the opportunities of the air connectivity are increasing it is high time to develop our aviation industry and harness the growth,” said the state minister. 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,” added Mahbub. 

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 achieving progress and growth and COSCAP-SA with its cooperative approach has always been found in the forefront,” he said. 

Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary MdMokammelHosain 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.

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