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BD, US discuss ways to strengthen aviation cooperation

Published : Friday, 14 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 67

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Attaché Daniel Jacob has met Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman and officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during his visit to Dhaka on June 9-12 and discussed ways to achieve Bangladeshs goal of direct flights with the United Sates.
These meetings continue the close cooperation needed to achieve Bangladeshs goal of US-Bangladesh direct flights, said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Thursday.
Jacob explained the process for attaining direct flights. Bangladesh needs to achieve a "Category 1" safety rating, which requires passing the U.S. FAAs International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA). A Category 1 rating ensures that Bangladesh complies with critical International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and recommended practices.
FAA will carry out the IASA for the Category 1 rating, at the request of CAAB. CAAB has not yet made a request to FAA for an IASA, said the US Embassy.
If CAAB achieves a Category 1 rating, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will conduct a separate assessment and inspection to make sure that Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and Biman Airlines meet relevant security requirements for direct flights between the United States and Bangladesh. For the past several years, the FAA and TSA have been providing free technical assistance to CAAB and Biman Airlines to achieve international safety and security standards.
The U.S. government is also providing free airport screening equipment to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and providing training to Bangladeshi aviation officials so that Bangladesh can meet the highest international security standards.    —UNB

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