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Bangladesh-India flights to resume Aug 20

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 18 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh-India flights to resume Aug 20

After over four months of suspension, flight operations between Bangladesh and India will resume under an ‘air bubble’ arrangement from August 20, diplomatic sources confirmed.

National flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines has announced to resume flights to India from August 22. Biman has initially planned to operate two weekly flights (Sunday and Wednesday) on the Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka route and two flights (Sunday and Tuesday) on the Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka route.

Diplomatic sources said the launching of bubble flights will bring great relief to the Bangladeshis, who have been requesting urgent access to India, especially for medical purposes. Millions of people including patients, businessmen and students used to visit India every year.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday said air bubble flights between Bangladesh and India will be launched within August 20.

He came up with the remarks while talking to the reporters at a function to hand over life support ambulances and Covid-19 medical assistance from India held at state guest house Padma. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami was present at the event.

Biman officials said passengers will have to go through a series of formalities to buy tickets to travel to India.

Citing an example, they said a passenger will have to fill up a self-reporting form using a specific website, then another registration using the Delhi Airport website, get a Covid-19 test done 72 hours before the flight and upload the test report on a specific website.

Biman has already circulated a letter and message to its travel agents about resuming flights to India from August 22 as well as details of the formalities and health guidelines.

However, sources at the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said they are yet to receive any formal letter from India about resuming flights. “We are expecting to get the letter from India very soon.”

Earlier on August 4, CAAB sent a proposal to India citing different conditions to resume flights between the two countries.

Bangladesh suspended all international flights to and from Bangladesh on April 14 after the start of the second wave of coronavirus in the country. After being closed for 16 days, international flights resumed from May 1 except for 12 countries including India.