New airline Air Sylhet has won the rights to fly from the UK to Jeddah via Vienna, reports TravelMole.com.
The carrier, which is backed by a group of British-Bangladeshi private investors, will operate three flights a week to the second-largest city in the Emirates.
According to TravelMole.com, the new airline has plans to expand further: "Kabir Khan, the airline’s chairman, said the intention in the medium term was to expand services to include long-haul flights to Bangladesh."
Air Sylhet, which was set up to cater for Britain’s Muslim community, will start its maiden flights from Stansted and Manchester to Dubai via Vienna next month.
All of the airline’s new routes need to stop at the Austrian capital because the carrier has its operating company based there in order to secure traffic rights more easily.
Air Sylhet will specialise in destinations that will see high demand from Muslim communities in Britain and Europe, although the airline is also targeting non-Muslim customers looking for city breaks in Vienna.
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