Sri Lanka capital to get direct link to Dhaka with Best Air

July 23, 2008 (LBO) – Best Air, a private Bangladeshi carrier, will start direct flights from Dhaka to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo catering to growing traffic between the two countries, an official said. Best Air chairman Haider Uzzaman said they plan to start with two flights a week to Colombo and Male on Fridays and Mondays.

Flights to Colombo from Dhaka will begin on Monday, July 28 to coincide with the start of a summit of south Asian leaders who want to improve co-operation with better connectivity by air between regional capitals.

The Colombo-Dhaka return air ticket will cost 799 dollars including taxes and service charges with a meal being served on board during the three-hour flight, he said in an interview.

“Right now there are no direct flights between Colombo and Dhaka – only via Bangkok, Singapore and even the United Arab Emirates,” he said. “This costs more, is time-consuming and inconvenient. Our fare is lower.”

Uzzaman said Best Air decided to fly to Male as well on the Colombo flight in order to make the service profitable as the Dhaka-Colombo sector alone is just not enough to fill up the aircraft.

“It would be difficult given the high fuel and operating costs.