Bangladesh-India air connectivity resumes from today
Published: 10:30 AM, 28 October 2020 Updated: 01:44 PM, 28 October 2020
After nearly eight months of flight suspension for containment of COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladesh has resumed its air connectivity with India from today under “air bubble” arrangement.
The air connectivity has started with a flight taking off from Dhaka to Dumdum Airport in Kolkata on Wednesday morning while the flights from Delhi and Chennai to Dhaka will start from Thursday.
Three Bangladeshi airlines of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines, and Novo Air will initially operate 28 flights a week while five Indian carriers of Air India, Vistara, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and GoAir will run the same number of flights a week, according to Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh. Before boarding the plane, the government has made it mandatory for passengers of the two countries to have a certificate of a covid-19 negative test.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is scheduled to operate flights on Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka and Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka routes, US-Bangla Airlines on Dhaka-Chennai, and Novo Air on Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka route.
According to the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) chairman, five Indian airlines will operate flights on Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka, Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka, Dhaka-Chennai-Dhaka, and Dhaka-Mumbai-Dhaka routes.
Meanwhile, Biman Bangladesh Airlines has announced a flight schedule to India. According to the announced schedule, Biman will operate regular flights on Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka on October 29, Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka on November 1 and Dhaka-Chennai-Dhaka on November 15.