The losses incurred by the Biman Bangladesh Airlines by operating its flights on its domestic routes have increased although the number of passengers on the routes has been increasing by 10 per cent every year.
According to the statistics aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon placed in before parliament on Wednesday, Biman incurred losses of Tk 11.39 crore in 2014-15, Tk 0.86 crore in 2013-14 and Tk 2.80 crore in 2012-13 by carrying passengers on its domestic routes.
Replying to a question, Menon denied an allegation that Biman passengers had been decreasing on domestic routes. He said that passengers in the domestic routes had been increasing gradually every year. ‘The rate of the increase is 10 per cent every year,’ he added.
Biman, however, has earned Tk 233.05 crore in profit on its international routes in 2014-15 after overcoming huge loss incurred during the past couple of years on the same routes.
It had incurred losses amounting to Tk 198.80 crore in 2013-14 and Tk 285.63 crore in 2012-13 on international route.