Biman Bangladesh Airlines pilots go on strike over suspension of colleagues

20:34, October 27, 2010      

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited has suspended five pilots, prompting their colleagues to go on strike from Tuesday night that has caused most of its aircraft grounded, the national flag carrier's pilot said Wednesday.

"Biman pilots decided not to operate any flights from 09:00 p.m. local time Tuesday night after the management suspended five pilots," SM Helal, immediate past president of Biman pilots' association, told Xinhua Wednesday. However, Sharmin Sultana, spokeswoman of Biman, said that one pilot was served showcase notice while four others were asked not to operate flights temporarily. "No pilot was suspended," she claimed.

She added that the Biman management are now holding meeting with the stakeholders concerned to end the impasse.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited official, who asked to be unnamed, said Hajj flights, however, remained out of the purview of the strike.

He said that the pilots' strike will likely disrupt up to 15 international flights which include Dhaka-Jeddah, Dhaka-Riyadh, Dhaka-Dubai-London, Sylhet-Kathmandu-Bahrain, Dhaka-Kuwait, Chittagong-Musket and Dhaka-Singapore flights.

Apart from this, he added that the domestic flights operation will suffer due to the pilots' strike.

The association of Biman's nearly 115 pilots earlier on Oct. 21 threatened that they will stop flying extra hours unless the Biman authorities withdrew their decision raising the retirement age but curtailing some benefits.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited was founded as the national flag carrier in 1972, immediately following the country's independence, and remained wholly government-owned until July 2007, when it was transformed into Bangladesh's largest public limited company.



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