Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bagdogra bottleneck hinders more flights between India, Bangladesh

India and Bangladesh are keen to expand bilateral air services but are hampered by inadequate infrastructure at Bagdogra, one of the key airports on this side.

In a recent media interaction at Indian Hill destination Darjeeling, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali expressed his country’s interest on service between Bagdogra and Dhaka.

The unique geographic location of Bagdogra (IXB) near Siliguri makes it a gateway for half of West Bengal, North East region, Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. Besides a direct link to all major Indian destinations, it offers regular services to Paro in Bhutan and Bangkok. Bagdogra is just 20 km from the nearest Indo-Bangla immigration point and Land Customs Station at Fulbari.

“Service between Bagdogra and Dhaka can be a highly successful one that can boost bilateral commercial activities significantly. It is in our wish list since long,” said CII North Bengal Chapter Chairman Kamal Tiwary. His view was shared by Mostofa Sohrab Chowdhury, president, Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) from Bangladesh.
27/06/18 Debasis Sarkar/Economic Times
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