India, Bangladesh to operate 28 flights per week under air bubble arrangement, says Hardeep Puri  |  Photo Credit: Twitter
New Delhi: To further widen international civil aviation operations, an air bubble arrangement is now in place between India & Bangladesh.
Civil Aviation Minister tweeted “To further widen our international civil aviation operations, an air bubble arrangement is now in place between India & Bangladesh. Carriers of India & Bangladesh will operate 28 flights (per week) each between the two countries. The number of such arrangements now reaches 18.”
Since July, India has established such bubbles with several countries, including the US, the UK, France, and Germany.
Three Bangladeshi carriers — Biman Bangladeshi Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Novo Air — would initially operate 28 flights a week, while five Indian airlines — Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir — would operate 28 flights a week between the two countries, The Daily Star reported, quoting civil aviation and tourism ministry Senior Secretary Md Mohibul Haque.
Of the three Bangladeshi carriers, Biman is scheduled to operate flights on Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata routes, US-Bangla Airlines on Dhaka-Chennai, and Novo Air on the Dhaka-Kolkata route, the report said. The five Indian airlines are expected to operate flights on Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Mumbai routes. The decision to resume flights to India was made at an inter-ministerial meeting at the civil aviation and tourism ministry, a PTI report said.
On October 9, the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh announced resumption of online visa application services for Bangladeshi citizens. For now, visas will be provided in nine categories, including medical, business, employment, journalists and diplomats.
It’s worth mentioning that all flights – national as well as international remained suspended during the nationwide lockdown. While domestic flights resumed operations from May 25 in a staggered manner, international passenger flights are still banned till October 31. Only a selected few under Vande Bharat, Air Bubble arrangements are allowed to ferry passengers to international destinations.
Air bubbles are pacts signed by two countries allowing airlines of both countries to fly. Under these agreements, the number of flights are restricted as all countries are now cautious so that the number of Covid-19 cases does not increase because of the resumption of international flights.