Staff Correspondent: Biman Bangladesh Airlines has resumed direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London as the UK has lifted the ban on the services after two years.
The flight BG-001 left Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport for London at 10:45am on Wednesday.
The UK suspended direct air cargo from Shahjalal International Airport citing security reasons in March 2016.
Bangladesh later hired a British company to improve the security mechanism. It has since been waiting for the ban to go.
Bangladesh installed an explosive detector system, which includes dogs, for secondary screening and also built a warehouse with special security for the cargo to Europe.
Besides these, a database of information on all the cargo handlers like their background and training record has been made. Access control system has also been set up at all the entrances of the cargo handling area.
British High Commissioner Alison Blake announced the lifting of the ban On Feb 18.
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