Jet Airways carried over 2m passengers in 10 years

- A Monitor Report 01 Jan, 2018
Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Harshvardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways, Raj Kumar Bhattacharya, Country Manager Bangladesh, Jet Airways, seen at the celebratory dinner on December 20
Dhaka : Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways (India) Ltd hosted a celebratory dinner at Le Meredien Dhaka on December 20 to mark the 10th year of successful operations of the airline to Bangladesh which was attended by travel agencies, representatives of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Bangladesh Bank and local elite.

Goyal welcomed the guests personally at the ceremony.

Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, was present as the chief guest. Harshvardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, Air Vice Marshal M Naim Hassan, BBP, OSP, afwc, psc, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, AM Mosaddique Ahmed, Managing Director and CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, representatives of different airlines of the country were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Goyal expressed his gratitude to the travel trade partners as well as travellers for their excellent support and confidence during the last 10 years to make their journey smooth here.

He mentioned that Jet Airways was the first private airline to operate between the two friendly countries and by now has 20,000 Jet Privilege Members in Bangladesh.

Goyal said the airline carried over two million passengers from Bangladesh in the last ten years.

Emotional occasion

Goyal said the celebratory dinner was an emotional occasion for him, as he has a special fascination for Bangladesh, representing Bangladesh's national carrier, Biman as its GSA when Biman initiated its flights to Mumbai in 1976.

He said, people of Bangladesh are very friendly and whenever I am in Dhaka, I feel I am at home.

Traffic between Bangladesh and India is growing and we are happy to connect three major cities of India with Bangladesh through daily flights.

He said, he was proud of the advancements of Bangladesh in the fields of readymade garments (RMG), foreign reserves, GDP growth and women empowerment.

He expressed his gratitude for the support and cooperation of CAAB, Biman, Bangladesh Bank and other government agencies, which he hoped world continue in the future.

Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director and CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airline Mosaddique Ahmed said the relations between Biman and Jet Airways were very special and wished the airline successes in the days to come.

Harshvardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, said efforts have been made to increase people to people relationship - visa regime has been eased, multiple-entry visas are being given to Bangladeshi visitors.

Due to the preference given for issuance of visas to businessmen, senior citizens, women and medical cases, the number of travellers from Bangladesh has increased substantially.

He referred to the recent comment of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India-Bangladesh ties had entered into a "Sonali era" and said to uphold it, travel between the two friendly neighbours had been eased, so that more people could travel between the two countries.

Rashed Khan Menon said, "We are trying to build new standards of service at the airports in Bangladesh. We are expanding Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), constructing a Third Terminal and the foundation stone laying of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Airport is expected to be laid this year.

He congratulated Jet Airways for completion of 10 years of service to Bangladesh, adding, Jet Airways should consider making their fares more reasonable. It will enable more travellers to travel with Jet Airways.

Later, Jet Airways recognised the support and services rendered by CAAB, Biman, Bangladesh Bank and other service partners. The productive Travel agents in various categories were also recognised.

The celebratory dinner was rounded up with an exciting raffle draw where 12 air tickets to different destinations of Jet Airways were given away to the lucky winners.

Raj Kumar Bhattacharya, Country Manager Bangladesh offered vote of thanks to the dignitaries and guests present on the occasion.

Fare offer

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Jet Airways announced an attractive 10-day fare offer that allowed guests from Bangladesh to book tickets at special prices to 10 select destinations in India and abroad served by the airline's direct network.

The ten destinations included Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Toronto.

While guests could enjoy a flat 10 per cent discount on prevailing fares from December 21-30, JetPrivilege members would gain significantly by earning double the miles for all bookings done during the offer period.

Tickets booked during this period will be valid for travel from December 22 onwards and guests can utilise the celebratory offer to avail substantial savings besides exploring exciting destinations with Jet Airways.