Publish: 18 Oct 2020, 03:47 pm
After almost eight months of flight suspension for containment of COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh will resume its air connectivity with India from October 28 under 'air bubble' arrangement.
According to a post uploaded today on the official Facebook page of the Foreign Ministry, three Bangladeshi airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines, and Novo Air, will initially operate 28 flights a week, while five Indian carriers, Air India, Vistara, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and GoAir, will operate the same number of flights a week, reports BSS.
The Foreign Ministry reported that Biman is scheduled to operate flights on the routes Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka and Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka, US-Bangla Airlines on the route Dhaka-Chennai, and Novo Air on the route Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka, referring to the chairman of the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB).
Five Indian airlines will operate flights on the Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka, Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka, Dhaka-Chennai-Dhaka and Dhaka-Mumbai-Dhaka routes, the ministry said, according to CAAB.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami expressed his happiness over the decision.
“Delighted that air bubble is to start from 28 Oct, with 28 flights a week linking Delhi, Kolkata and Chennei with Dhaka by 5 Indian and 3 Bangladeshi carriers,” he tweeted.
In Bangladesh, on October 9, the Indian High Commission announced the resumption of online visa application services for citizens of Bangladesh.
Visas will be issued in nine categories for the time being, including medical, industry, jobs, journalists, diplomatic workers, officials, UN officials, and UN diplomats, the Bangladesh foreign ministry said.