NBR turns down Best Air plea to withdraw letter
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has declined to withdraw its letter sent earlier to the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) with a request to cancel all Best Air flights as the airline paid only Tk 1.5 million out of an outstanding Tk 20 million in travel tax.
After paying Tk 1.5 million, Best Air in a recent letter urged the NBR to withdraw the letter to CAAB.
In the January 13 letter, the NBR stated that Best Air had not paid travel tax of around Tk 20 million for long.
“Yes, we have received Tk 1.5 million in travel tax from the airliner. Best Air sent us a letter for withdrawing our earlier letter to CAAB,” said an NBR official familiar with the matter.
Replying to a question, the official said the NBR would not withdraw its letter until Best Air paid all outstanding travel tax.
The NBR official said they want the entire amount, which travellers paid to Best Air in travel tax.
Best Air now operates flights to Singapore and Malaysia and has suspended flights to Dubai, Bangkok, Colombo and Male.
Best Aviation started operations in 1999 as a helicopter operator and started its journey as a freighter airline beginning in 2000.
Best Air obtained a licence in 2006 from CAAB to operate passenger services in the international and domestic sectors. Best Air started its flight with a Boeing 737 aircraft.