All major airports in Bangladesh lack modern approach facilities and there are various obstacles, including huge delay in obtaining permission for import and export of spare parts for rectifications and overhauling of aircrafts and outdated mode of payments for imported parts, said Aviation Operators Association of Bangladesh (AOAB) today.
The absence of modern airspace and air traffic management at the airport and high price of jet fuel are constant sources of worry for the aviation industry, AOAB said during a dialogue with the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) today.
AOAB President Anjan Chowdhury presided over the program titled "Regulator-operators dialogue on essentials to develop aviation sector" held at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman attended the program as chief guest. AOAB Secretary General Mofizur Rahman presented the keynote at the seminar.
"Worldwide parts trading are done on advance payments through telegraphic transfer of funds. In Bangladesh only mode of payments is though Letter of Credit. Then do how you keep the aircrafts serviceable?" Mofizur asked during his speech.
"Most of our airports run with age old airport approach facilities. Even the gateway airport of the country Hazrat Shahjalal has CAT 1 approach," he said.
"It is almost over a decade and a half we have been hearing that the country is going to have modern airport traffic management facilities yet nothing tangible is in sight that we know about," the AOAB secretary general said.