New airline to cater to UK Muslims - Manchester,Stansted Airport News

Airport news for Manchester,Stansted on 03/11/2008.

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Air Sylhet has been formed by a group British-Bangladeshi investors who are businessmen originally from Bangladesh’s Sylhet region.

All flights to Dubai will stop in Vienna as the new carrier is based in the Austrian capital, where it was easier to secure the necessary traffic rights.

The airline’s launch is coming at a time when the industry is facing a great deal of uncertainly and when more than two dozen other carriers have failed. The past year has seen the collapse of MaxJet, Eos, SilverJet, XL Airways, Zoom, LTE Airways, and only last week, Sterling Airlines.

“Many people think we are crazy,” commented Air Sylhet’s director of marketing and communications, Kabir Khan. “But we feel that the market we are serving is immune to these kinds of conditions.”

The carrier will serve destinations that are in high demand with Muslims in the UK and central Europe, particularly to Mecca during the time of Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.

The airline is also hoping to attract non-Muslims looking to holiday in Vienna or Dubai.

“Although there is a one-hour stopover at Vienna, passengers do not need to get off, so these are effectively direct services,” Khan noted.

Initially, all flights will be economy class, but it is possible that the 20 seats at the front of the aircraft could be converted into a business-class service if the demand warrants.

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