Bangladesh set to renew flights to India beneath ‘air bubble’ association, based on native media


Bangladesh is all set to renew flights to India from October 28 beneath ‘air bubble’ association, after practically eight months the communications had been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, native media in Bangladesh reported at present.

Beneath a bilateral air bubble pact, airways of each the international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions.

Since July, India has established such bubbles with a number of international locations, together with the US, the UK, France and Germany.

Three Bangladeshi carriers – Biman Bangladeshi Airways, US-Bangla Airways and Novo Air – would initially function 28 flights per week, whereas 5 Indian airways – Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir – would function 28 flights per week between the 2 international locations, Bangladesh’s The Day by day Star reported, quoting civil aviation and tourism ministry Senior Secretary Md Mohibul Haque.

Of the three Bangladeshi carriers, Biman is scheduled to function flights on Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata routes, US-Bangla Airways on Dhaka-Chennai and Novo Air on Dhaka-Kolkata route, the report mentioned.

The 5 Indian airways are anticipated to function flights on Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Mumbai routes.

The choice to renew flights to India was made at an inter-ministerial assembly on the civil aviation and tourism ministry in Bangladesh on Friday, the report mentioned.

The resumption of air communications will deliver aid to many Bangladeshis who’re ready to journey to the neighbouring nation for therapy, it mentioned.

In line with a report in The Dhaka Tribune, from January 2018 to March 2019, at the very least 2,876,000 Bangladeshis visited India, and on common 10 per cent of them went for medical therapy.

Initially, round 5,000 passengers from each the international locations would be capable to fly every week, the report quoted Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman as saying.

There is no such thing as a transit facility for the passengers to fly to a 3rd nation, he mentioned, including that the passengers must bear COVID-19 testing earlier than flying.

On October 9, the Indian Excessive Fee in Bangladesh introduced resumption of on-line visa software companies for Bangladeshi residents.

For now, visas will likely be supplied in 9 classes, together with medical, enterprise, employment, journalists and diplomats.

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