Aviation sector growth has doubled in the last decade, said Md Mahbub Ali, state minister for civil aviation and tourism.
“And in the next 15 years this sector will grow by three times more” said the state minister at a programme, organised to mark the launching of Thai Air Asia’s Dhaka-Bangkok flight.
Thai AirAsia, a subsidiary of Malaysia-based AirAsia Aviation Group, has launched the Dhaka-Bangkok flight.
The inaugural flight from Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport landed at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the early hour of Saturday.
The airline will operate four weekly flights between Dhaka and Don Mueang.
The incoming flight carried several eminent passengers, including Thai AirAsia officials.
Thai Air Asia CEO Santisuk Klongchaiya, Regional Commercial Head Tansita Akrarittipirom and its senior executives of corporate communications were part of the delegation.
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Maﬁdur Rahman, Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Makawadee Sumitmor, Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Haznah Md Hashim, and Santisuk were also present.
Thai Air Asia GSA, TAS Aviation Chairman KM Mozibul Hoque, Vice-Chairman and CEO Sheikh Mamunul Hoque, Managing Director Morsedul Alam Chaklader; directors Kazi Shah Muzakker Ahmadul Hoque, Md Atiqur Rahman Masud, Anwar Abedin Manik and other members of the company also joined the event.
AirAsia, voted the world's best low-cost airline for 13 years in a row in Skytrax awards, has been operating 14 weekly flights between Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur since 2015, said officials of the airlines.