Budget airline Air Arabia plans to increase its presence in Bangladesh as the country offers tremendous growth potential for the aviation industry, said a top official.
“Bangladesh is a very big market for us,” Shalini Rajan, head of sales for Air Arabia, told The Daily Star in an interview in Dhaka recently.
In 2004, Air Arabia opened its office in Chittagong, Bangladesh's second largest city, and initially operated one flight a day. It started to fly from Dhaka in 2008.
Now the carrier runs six flights a day and 42 flights a week from Dhaka and Chittagong to different parts of the world.
Air Arabia is one of the largest flight operators in Bangladesh in terms of frequency. In Chittagong, it is the largest operator.
“We would like to increase the flight frequency from Chittagong and Dhaka,” said Rajan.
“Whenever there is a new regional airport, Air Arabia would be the first one to operate there. We have done this in many countries."