Bangladeshi start up airline Air Astra will operate its inaugural domestic passenger flight between Dhaka (DAC) and Cox’s Bazar (CXB) on November 24, according to the airline’s Facebook posts.
Bangladesh tourist minister Mahbub Ali told the Dhaka Tribune that Air Astra’s launch will enhance the choice of domestic routes and establish positive competition and cooperation.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) granted Air Astra, which was founded in 2021, its air operator’s certificate (AOC) on November 3.
Privately-owned Air Astra, is the country’s first passenger airline in more than 8 year, plans to operate three weekly flights between Dhaka (DAC), and Cox’s Bazar (CXB) and two weekly services on the Dhaka (DAC) – Chattogram (CGP) route.
The carrier expects to gradually begin to expand its network three months after the initial launch, with additional domestic destinations such as Saidpur (SPD) and Sylhet (ZYL).
The new airline recently acquired two ATR 72-600 twin-engine turboprops registered S2-STB and S2-STC in October and is understood to be waiting for delivery of another two ATR aircraft in early 2023 wihin plans to expand the current fleet to a total of 10 aircraft by 2024.