Tickets are not available even if the seats are empty, the allegation is not true

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Muhammad Farooq Khan has claimed that the allegations that the plane flies with empty seats are not true.

He said this in response to a written question by Opposition Chief Whip Mujibul Haque Chunnu in the budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday (June 13). Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the parliament.

The minister said that passengers can purchase Biman Bangladesh Airlines tickets from Biman’s own website, GDS, mobile app, call center and Biman’s own sales center apart from any authorized domestic and foreign travel agents. No flight ticket can be booked without passenger information. As a result there is no scope for anyone to book many tickets at once. Any agency will not be able to book any ticket without passenger information. Also, if an agency makes a booking with false or fake information, fines and other measures are also taken. Also, every ticket has a booking period within which the ticket is automatically canceled if the purchase is not completed.

The minister said that any airline business has peak season and low season. When the pressure on the flight is low, some seats may remain empty which is not the figure all year round. When you go to buy a ticket even though the seat is empty, there is no ticket, this is a pouring complaint against the authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Also, seats are often left empty due to passengers not arriving at the airport on time despite having confirmed tickets, many passengers having fake visas and documents and legal complications from immigration authorities. Incidentally due to load penalty on some routes, some number of seats are kept unsold thus the seats remain vacant. So, it is not true that even if the seat is empty, the flight ticket is not available.

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In response to a question from ABM Anichuzzaman, the minister said that ticket prices vary according to different routes or destinations in different countries. Airlines of different countries set ticket prices based on their existing supply and demand, competitive market, business expansion policy, service delivery etc.

Member of Parliament In response to a question from Nasser Shahriar Zahedi, Farooq Khan said that the aircrafts of different countries using the airspace of Bangladesh provide the right amount of revenue to Bangladesh. Airplanes of different countries cross the airspace of Bangladesh by communicating with the area control center of the airport. As a result, payment is collected from all airlines as per the bill demanded from the Area Control Center.