Jin Air has shown interest in enhancing its flight operation with direct flights between Bangladesh and South Korea, as the carrier has already operated 121 direct chartered flights between Dhaka and Incheon in the last three years.
The airline, which is a subsidiary of the national carrier Korean Air Group, has already conveyed its interest in establishing direct scheduled commercial flights between Bangladesh and Korea to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).
South Korea remains one of the largest foreign investors in Bangladesh since independence while the demand for foreign workers in South Korea has been steadily on the rise.
Jin Air conducted a total of 112 direct flights, facilitating the travel of more than 27,007 passengers, of whom around 10,118 were Bangladeshi expatriate workers, fulfilling the entire Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Ltd. (BOESL) demand since the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic.
BOESL said that it would be impossible without having outstanding and uninterrupted chartered flight support from Jin Air for travel by Bangladeshi workers employed under the Employment Permit System (EPS) in South Korea.
Jin Air’s firm commitment persists to see the route grow from its initial stages to become a frequent, possibly even daily, scheduled service in the future.
Jin Air has already applied to operate a series of non-scheduled commercial flights from October 2023 onwards with the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.
CAAB has been reviewing and granting operating permits to Jin Air to operate flights on a weekly basis, while the Korean carrier has consistently fulfilled all relevant payment obligations as per the rule.
As special charter flights, Jin Air had paid almost 50 percent more ground handling fees to Biman compared to other regular flights.
The Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry stated that Jin Air paid all aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges at the same rate as other commercial flights, while the authorities have so far realized Taka 2,06,66,518 as aeronautical charges from Jin Air.
Showing its highest commitment and dedication, Jin Air continued its chartered commercial flights with as few as 39 passengers on board while never imposing extra charges on Bangladeshi EPS workers, prioritizing their safety and professional safety.