Flights from Bangladesh to India will resume from this date under the air bubble arrangement

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Bangladesh is set to resume flights to India under the air bubble arrangement from October 28. Communication between countries was suspended for nearly eight months due to the Corona virus epidemic. According to media reports, under the bilateral air bubble pact, airlines from both countries can operate international flights with some restrictions. Since July, India has tied up with many countries including the US, UK, France and Germany on air bubble arrangements.

The Daily Star quoted Mohibul Haq, senior secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, as saying that initially three Bangladeshi airlines – Biman Bangladeshi Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Novo Air will operate 28 flights a week. At the same time, five Indian airlines – Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir – will operate 28 flights a week.

Flights will run on these routes
Of the three Bangladeshi carriers, Biman will operate flights on the Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata routes, US-Bangla Airlines on Dhaka-Chennai and Novo Air flights on the Dhaka-Kolkata route. Five Indian airlines can operate flights on Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Mumbai routes.

The report said that the decision to resume flights to India was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism on Friday. The resumption of air communication will bring relief to many Bangladeshis, who wish to travel to neighboring countries for treatment.

According to a report by The Dhaka Tribune, from January 2018 to March 2019, at least 28,76,000 Bangladeshis traveled in India and an average of 10% of them went for medical treatment.

The report was quoted by Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) that, initially about 5,000 passengers from both countries would be able to fly each week,

Visa will be available for nine categories
On October 9, the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh announced the resumption of online visa application services for Bangladeshi nationals. Currently, visas will be granted for nine categories, including medical, business, employment, journalist and diplomat.

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