Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned the ministers, lawmakers and chiefs of the armed forces of debarring form foreign trips if they flout security rules at the airports.
“If anyone try to break the laws, he or she will be prevented from boarding the plane in future … I’ll do it, and all will have to keep this in mind,” the Prime Minister said after laying foundation stone of the Terminal 3 of Bangladesh main international airport.
She made the comments pointing the senior officials at the programme organised at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Saturday saying that information travels to her immediately whenever any irregularity or deviation happens.
“Everybody will have to bear in mind that the information travels to me immediately after any irregularity or deviation takes place since I try to enquire about what happens where,” she added.
The government has begun the construction of Terminal 3 of the airport to handle the growing pressure of the air travelers. An estimated 21,300 crore taka will require to complete the new terminal.
The Prime Minister also opened two new Dreamliner aircrafts Boeing 787-9 named ‘Sonar Tori’ and ‘Achin Pakhi’ to the fleet of the state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines. A new mobile app of the national flag carrier was also launched at the same function.
Hasina asked the authorities concerned to look after the facilities of the air passengers, especially the Bangladeshi migrant workers, and stay alert so that they are not harassed at the airport.
“Our reserve is increasing day by day due to the overseas employments by Bangladeshi workers. But allegations are there that fall victims of harassment in various ways when they travel through the airports,” she said.
She, however, said the extent of harassment has reduced to a great extent. “But still they need to be taken care of.”
She also urged all passengers to abide by the security rules at the airports.
The prime minister instructed the Biman authorities to work more sincerely to increase the reputation of the national flag carrier.
“In the past there was a problem that tickets were not available but the aircraft was empty. Such many things would have happened,” she said affirming that those practices must be stopped.
Hasina suggested for making ‘code sharing’ arrangement with other airlines to expand the Biman’s horizon.
Pointing out her government’s plan to procure cargo planes for Biman, Hasina said the organisation will not be profitable without it.