Bangladesh restarts flights to India from October 28 under ‘air bubble’ arrangements

Bangladesh is expected to restart its flights to India from October 28 under a ‘air bubble’ program, after nearly eight months of communication being suspended due to a coronavirus epidemic, according to media reports on Saturday. Under the bubble air bubble agreement, both countries’ flights can use international flights at certain limits.

Since July, India has developed such blankets with several countries, including the US, UK, France and Germany. Three Bangladeshi carriers – Banan Bangladeshi Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Novo Air – would start operating 28 flights per week, while five Indian airlines – Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir – would operate 28 flights per week. between the two countries. , The Daily Star reported, quoting the Secretary General of the Department of Aviation and Tourism Md Mohibul Haque.
Of the three Bangladeshi carriers, Banan was scheduled to use flights to Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata, US-Bangla Airlines Dhaka-Chennai and Novo Air routes to Dhaka-Kolkata, according to a report. Five Indian airlines are expected to operate flights on the Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Mumbai routes.

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The decision to resume flights to India was taken at a meeting of ministers visiting the aviation and tourism department on Friday, the report said. The resumption of online communications will bring relief to many Bangladeshis who are waiting to travel to a neighboring country for treatment, he said.
According to The Dhaka Tribune, from January 2018 to March 2019, at least 2,876,000 Bangladesh went to India, with an average of 10 percent going for treatment. Initially, about 5,000 passengers from both countries will be able to fly each week, the report quoted Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman as saying.

There is no destination for third-party passengers, he said, adding that passengers would have to undergo a COVID-19 check-up before flying. On October 9, the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh announced the resumption of visa application services for Bangladesh citizens.

In the meantime, visas will be issued in nine categories, including medical, business, employment, journalists and officials.

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