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Budget FY21: Chartered aircraft, helicopter flights to become costlier

  • Published at 04:22 pm June 11th, 2020
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File photo of a helicopter on the ground Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The budget speech for FY2020-21 has called for the supplementary duty on chartered aircraft and helicopter services to be raised to 30% from the existing 25%

The growing popularity of chartered aircraft and helicopter flights might suffer a hit as the government has proposed a hike in the supplementary duty on the service by 5%.

 The budget speech for FY2020-21 has called for the supplementary duty on chartered aircraft and helicopter services to be raised to 30% from the existing 25%.

The duty hike comes despite protests as helicopters presently not only provides luxury services, but also emergency medical services or search-and-rescue operations in disaster zones, or for high-profile visits by government or corporate officials.

South Asian Airlines first introduced commercial helicopter services in Bangladesh in 1999 with two helicopters. At present, more than 10 companies commercially operate more than 25 helicopters in Bangladesh.