DHAKA, Dec 23 (BSS) - Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Lt Col (retd) Faruk Khan has said all out steps would be taken to regain the lost glory of Biman by bringing discipline in the national flag carrier.
Maintaining schedules and timely takeoff of aircraft are the two major challenges of Biman, the minister said adding that steps would be taken to address the challenges to regain its lost glory.
Khan was exchanging views with Biman officials at Biman conference room on Thursday.
Among others, Civil Aviation Secretary M Ataharul Islam, managing director of Biman Air Commodore (retd) Muhammad Zakiul Islam and Biman directors were present.
Khan said Biman has the capacity to increase its efficiency to turn the Biman into competitive one in the world's booming aviation industry.
He said the people want to see Biman as a profitable organization after overcoming from the loss incurring years after years.
In this regard, he said, the government would give all out support whatever needed for Biman. But, he added, Biman itself has to find out remedies for its survival in the competitive world.
"Biman has now been known to all as a bad institution. Image problem is a big problem. Flight delay has become a common problem of Biman. We will have to cut Biman loss and delay in schedule at any cost."
The minister urged the Biman officials to find out the best practices available in the world's aviation industry saying, "You have the long experience and the government is with you."
At present there are 15 aircrafts in the Biman fleet and of them 14 in active operation now, according to the Biman officials.
Biman could not increase the number of passengers up to satisfactory-level for the last ten years as 1.4 million passengers traveled to different destinations from Biman in 2000- 01 and the number of passengers stood at 1.5 million in 2010-11 fiscal.
Biman is now reaching 21 destinations across the world and facing 40 per cent delay in schedule, said the officials.