Saturday, September 04, 2021

Bangladesh-India: Airlines operate flights from tomorrow

Biman and US-Bangla airlines will resume flight operations to India under an air bubble agreement between Bangladesh and India from tomorrow after a four-month hiatus over coronavirus restrictions.

US-Bangla Airlines resume flight operations on Dhaka-Chennai-Dhaka route and Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka and Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka routes from tomorrow.

Novoair said they will not operate flights under the air bubble agreement.

An air bubble arrangement is a temporary arrangement between two countries aimed at resuming air travelling while regular international flights are suspended due to coronavirus restrictions. Airline companies from both countries get the opportunity.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) on September 2 accepted the proposal of the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation on the resumption of flights from today.

CAAB issued a circular Thursday night clearing the way for the resumption of flight operations between the two countries.

The CAAB circular said the air bubble agreement will be in effect until the resumption of scheduled international passenger flights between the two countries.

Travellers from India must be in quarantine at home for 14 days and follow the other protocols, including getting tested for coronavirus from a PCR lab.

Besides, 10 percent of the seats in the planes have to be left empty.

CAAB also proposed including "Passengers with Business Visa" to facilitate airlines crew members to travel to India for simulator training.

04/09/21 Rashidul Hasan/Daily Star

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