Saturday, October 31, 2020

More carriers on board, Bangla flights to increase from Wed

Kolkata: Flight movement between Kolkata and Bangladesh is set to increase from next week with IndiGo and Spice Jet resuming direct operations from Wednesday and Thursday as part of the air bubble agreement between the two countries. While IndiGo is set to fly to Dhaka on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting November 4, Spice Jet will operate four weekly flights each to Dhaka and Chittagong from November 5.

Flights between Kolkata and Bangladesh had started last Wednesday with the arrival of 37 passengers from Dhaka operated by US Bangla Air. The airline resumed services with a six-days-a-week schedule. With Biman Bangladesh set to start operations with a three-days-a-week schedule on Tuesday, at least four carriers — two Bangladeshi and two Indian — will resume direct operations from next week. Regent Air, the third Bangladeshi private carrier that operated to Kolkata before the lockdown, and three other Indian airlines — Air India, Vistara and Go Air — have also said they will resume operations, but are yet to submit a schedule.

Passengers going both ways have to get Covid tests before boarding.

Before lockdown, Biman Bangladesh had twice-daily operations while US Bangla Air and Regent Air operated daily flights. Indian carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India had daily operations. The air-travel bubble is valid till January 31, 2021.

31/10/20 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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