International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has certified Bangladesh for achieving 77.46 percent effective implementation of aviation safety standard compliance.
ICAO is a specialised agency of the United Nations, which codifies the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has termed the achievement as extraordinary for the country’s aviation sector which the country earned for the first time in its history," a top official of the CAAB told The Daily Star today.
The ICAO conducted an audit on September 19-26 and came up with the results in terms of safety standards.
A six-member ICAO team conducted the audit on Bangladesh, said a press release issued by the CAAB today.
In 2012, Bangladesh achieved 50.8 percent effective implementation status of safety standard compliance through ICAO Coordination Validation Mission.
The auditors looked into eight specific issues like primary aviation legislation, organisation, personal licensing, operations, airworthiness, aircraft accident investigation and air navigation services, the press release reads.
The government thinks through Bangladesh's acceptability in operating aviation sector will see a big boost this achievement, CAAB Public Relations Officer AKM Rezaul Karim told The Daily Star.
The ICAO recognition will also help Biman to operate direct flight in between USA and Bangladesh, added the CAAB official.