Switzerland and Bangladesh sign bilateral air service agreement

Bern, 04.06.2024 - Switzerland and Bangladesh signed a bilateral air service agreement on 4 June. The agreement, the first of its kind between the two countries, reflects the Federal Council's efforts to ensure that Switzerland is connected to as many intercontinental destinations as possible via traffic rights.

The bilateral agreement on scheduled air services signed between Switzerland and Bangladesh will give the airlines concerned the required operational flexibility on routes between the two countries. In particular, there is no restriction on the number of airlines flying between them, and codeshare flights are permitted. The parties confirmed that designated companies are granted the right to operate direct flights, limiting these to seven frequencies a week each for passenger flights and cargo flights. This new arrangement will be of economic benefit to both Switzerland and Bangladesch.

The director of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation, Christian Hegner, signed the agreement on 4 June in Bern. It had already been approved by the Federal Council at its meeting on 22 November 2023. The text will enter into force as soon as Bangladesh has completed the formalities relating to the conclusion and entry into force of the international agreement.

In order to be able to serve foreign destinations, airlines based in Switzerland must be granted traffic rights. The countries involved set out these rights in bilateral air service agreements. Such agreements typically contain standard provisions relating to airline ownership and management and to market access.They allow countries to open up their markets to all the airlines concerned while reducing administrative barriers. Switzerland has signed agreements of this kind with over 150 countries.

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