After two days of discussions, the bilateral aviation meeting between Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates has ended without a significant breakthrough.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh declined a proposal for a fifth freedom of air privileges to the airlines of the UAE, CAAB spokesperson Mohammad Sohel Kamruzzaman said on Tuesday.
Fifth freedom flights carry passengers between two countries that are different from the home base of the airline operating the flight.
A total of 22 representatives from the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE and several airlines including Emirates, Etihad, Fly Dubai, and Air Arabia were present in the discussion, Kamruzzaman said.
Due to the ongoing construction of the third terminal at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, it is not feasible to permit an increase in the number of flights at the moment, Kamruzzaman said.
However, it was conveyed to the UAE representatives that once the airport's capacity expands in the future, the matter will be taken into consideration.
Kamruzzaman also said Bangladesh signed an agreement with Fujairah, paving the way for future flight operations between Bangladesh and the emirate.