Bangladesh’s national airline has resumed an air link with Manchester after a gap of more than seven years.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is serving Dhaka via the city of Sylhet in the north-east of the country.

Flights will run three times a week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Dhaka-Manchester route was suspended in September 2012 due to a shortage of aircraft.

The airline is deploying new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on the route with 24 seats in business class and 247 in economy.

Economy fares start at £580 return and business class from around £1,500.

Manchester airport chief executive Andrew Cowan said: “We know there is a significant Bangladeshi community across our catchment area and this Biman Bangladesh service will be hugely popular with friends, family and business contacts travelling in both directions.

“And we are confident it will also open up a wide range of fresh collaboration opportunities between Greater Manchester and both Dhaka and Sylhet.”

Biman regional manager Debabrota Mallick added: “A direct flight from Manchester to Sylhet, and Manchester to Dhaka has been on our radar for quite some time.

“As part of our business strategy, our main focus has been to connect Manchester to both these thriving parts of Bangladesh.

“Not only was this due to high demand from the Bangladeshi community in the north, but we also saw a good opportunity to increase tourism and business potential which has been increasing year-on-year.

“After announcing the resumption of the Manchester flight, we saw the first two weeks of flights being completely sold out. We are very pleased to see such an amazing response.”