Monday, August 23, 2021

Airlines await CAAB approval for flights to India

Bangladesh is able to run flights to India during the COVID-19 pandemic under the air bubble pact, but airlines have yet to receive approval to operate any flights to the neighbouring country.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh, or CAAB, has, however, informed all airlines to make preparations to resume air travel on those routes.

“India has recently sent a letter to us expressing their interest in resuming flights from Bangladesh to India,” CAAB Chairman Md Mafidur Rahman told “We have also expressed our interest and informed them that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, flights will have to operate under health restrictions and a few other conditions. They have yet to respond on the matter.”

“We hope that flights between our Bangladesh and India will resume once both countries have agreed on these issues.”

In response to a question, he said: “CAAB has yet to approve flights to India from any airlines. We have not yet informed them when they can resume such flights. But we have told them to prepare for it. Those airlines that announced flight schedules before receiving our approval should not have done so.”

According to the air bubble pact, flights between India and Bangladesh would resume on Friday, Aug 20, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen had said on Aug 17.

The following day, state-run Biman Airlines announced in a press release that it would be running flights on the Dhaka-Delhi route starting on Sunday, with future flights scheduled for Sunday and Wednesday. They also said that flights would also operate three days a week along the Dhaka-Kolkata route – on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


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