Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest and most densely populated nations. Flooding from monsoons and cyclones pose serious threats

One third of the population lives below the poverty line and, with a third of the country covered in water, the countless rivers and huge Ganges Delta make travelling to receive help virtually impossible.

MAF’s amphibious aircraft makes use of Bangladesh’s vast network of waterways to reach those people who would otherwise be completely isolated.

Flights enable government and aid and development organisations to assist poverty-stricken people in rural areas.

Doctors with non-government organisations such as Friendship fly regularly to its three floating hospitals that provide medical care for marginalised communities living along the riverbank.

When cyclone Mahasen struck in 2013, we enabled UN OHCA, World Food Programme, Oxfam and Care International to carry out aerial surveys to assess the best way to help those affected.

MAF is giving a good service to the country, and is very important – especially in times of disaster.

– Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Head of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Disaster

Main base


Program began


Aircraft used

Cessna 208 Amphib (x1)


2 international

Did you know?

We served 1,704 passengers across 48 locations in 2014, and work with 83 partner organisations

Main partners

Action Against Hunger
HEED Bangladesh
Helen Keller International
Impact Foundation
Save the Children

Stories about
MAF in Bangladesh

A Place of Joy in the Slum

May 8th, 2017|

Marie Karlsson, wife of MAF Bangladesh pilot Rune, opened a slum school in Dhaka that she will continue to support after they retire from 30 years with MAF. Story and Photos by LuAnne Cadd [...]

Flying for the German Red Cross

May 4th, 2016|

Local development agency benefits from MAF shuttle flights in Bangladesh Story: Charmaine Viljoen, MAF Bangladesh Comms Officer Hatiya Island is actually a cluster of islands situated in the Meghna estuary of the Padma River [...]

Celebrating 15 Years in Bangladesh

July 27th, 2012|

Bangladesh is different than most countries. With over eight thousand kilometers of river running through it, one third of the country is covered in water. A limited road network added to such natural barriers makes [...]

Flying a princess

March 23rd, 2011|

On a royal visit to Bangladesh last week, HRH Princess Anne flew with MAF to visit the cyclone affected areas of Gabura and Chila Bazar, where she visited projects funded by Save the Children. [...]