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UK hints lifting of air cargo ban on Dhaka-London route

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UNB, Dhaka :
The United Kingdom has indicated withdrawal of ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London soon saying they are very pleased over the progress Bangladesh government and Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh made so far.
Visiting British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson came up with the UK's latest stance on Friday night saying it is almost done. "The aviation authority in Bangladesh and the government of Bangladesh made huge efforts. We're very pleased to see the progress that has been made," Johnson said while talking to reporters at Sate Guesthouse Padma after his meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali.
On March 8, 2016, the British government slapped the ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London after Biman failed to pass the safety and security tests. Biman's cargo business shrank 22.54 percent last fiscal year on the back of the ban on direct freight flight from Dhaka to London.
In fiscal 2016-17, Biman earned Tk 244 crore from its cargo business in contrast to Tk 315 crore a year earlier. The state-run carrier transported 33,542 tonnes of cargoes last fiscal year, down 18 percent year-on-year.
The British Foreign Secretary, now in city on a two-day visit, discussed various issues of bilateral, regional and Rohingya issues in the meeting with Minister Ali that lasted for over an hour.

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