by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh and India are likely to resume flight operations from September 3 after nearly four months of air-connectivity suspension in the wake of global pandemic of novel coronavirus, according to official communications between the two next-door neighbours.
The resumption will come into effect under the air transport bubble agreement signed between the two countries last year to facilitate movements of passengers and goods.
Airlines of both countries can operate international flights provided that they maintain proper health protocols because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Indian carriers will operate seven flights a week – three of SpiceJet, two of Indigo and two Air India flights.
They will be operated from Indian cities of New Delhi, Kolkata and Delhi, according to a letter sent to Bangladesh by Indian civil aviation authority.
Passengers holding tourist visa will not be entitled to visit now under this air bubble arrangement, which is a temporary procedure to operate commercial flights in absence of a regular operations.
Earlier in the month, Bangladesh in a letter to Indian authorities proposed operation of 21 flights per week from Dhaka and Chittagong to Indian cities of Kolkata, Chennai and New Delhi.
Now, Bangladesh will confirm its flight operation procedure to India.
Bangladesh suspended the flights operation with Indian in the wake of rising number of infections and deaths from the novel coronavirus in April.
Both countries felt the urgency for resumption of the commercial flights since the Covid-19 caseloads reduced drastically in Bangladesh and India the past weeks.
The passengers have to strictly follow Covid-19 protocol while traveling both the countries to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
Bangladeshi passengers are mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned. The same protocols will be followed by the Indian passengers.