Under a bilateral air bubble agreement, Bangladesh will resume flights to India from October 28. This news comes after nearly eight months of air travel being suspended between both the countries.
According to reports, travellers can again travel between these destinations
Both countries are allowed to operate international flights. However, there are a few restrictions in place.
Presently, only three Bangladeshi carriers will be allowed to operate 28 flights weekly. These are NovoAir, Biman Bangladeshi Airlines, and US-Bangla Airlines. On the other hand, five Indian airlines will be allowed to operate the same number once a week. These are IndiGo, Vistara, SpiceJet, Air India, and GoAir.
The five Indian airlines will operate flights on Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Mumbai routes.
Among the three Bangladeshi airlines, Biman will be operating flights on Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata routes. US-Bangla Airlines will resume on the Dhaka-Chennai route while NovoAir will resume services on the Dhaka-Kolkata route.
The Indian flights will fly on Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai, and Dhaka-Mumbai routes.
This decision has come as a relief to several Bangladeshis who wanted to travel to India for various purposes.
According to reports, around 28,76,000 Bangladeshis travelled to India between January 2018 and March 2019. From this, 10 percent travelled for medical treatment.
As per M Mafidur Rahman, Chairman Air Vice Marshal, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), said that around 5000 passengers can travel each week from both the countries initially.
India has created similar air travel bubbles with various countries like Germany, the UK, the US, France, etc.