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Bangladesh wants air service deal with Tokyo revised

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 27, 2020
A high level delegation is set to visit Japan end of this month to seek a revision of the existing bilateral air service agreement between Tokyo and Dhaka.
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Civil aviation and tourism ministry officials told New Age that the Bangladesh delegation, led by Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh chairman Air Vice-Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, would be visiting Japan on January 29 and 30 to this end.

Topics: Bangladesh air Tokyo

The decision comes at a time when the two countries have seen a rapid rise in their bilateral trade, which is expected to further go up when Japan opens up its labour market to Bangladeshi workers in the future.

Civil aviation and tourism ministry senior secretary Md Mohibul Haque said that the Bangladesh delegation would seek relaxation in the ‘fifth freedom’ flight between the Narita International Airport in Tokyo and the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

According to the CAAB, a ‘fifth freedom’ flight is one which allows an airline from one country to fly between two countries via a middle destination. An example of this is that the Biman Bangladesh Airlines can operate fifth freedom flight between Bangkok and Tokyo.