India and Bangladesh recently established an air bubble arrangement. Flights between the two countries will resume operations from October 28. Here’s everything you need to know about this latest travel development. By Kumar Shree
After establishing air bubble agreements with 17 countries, India recently confirmed a similar arrangement with Bangladesh. Flights between India and Bangladesh will start operating from October 28. Apart from Bangladesh, India has already established air bubbles with countries like the USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, the Maldives, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan.
Under this agreement, five airline operators from India — Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir — will operate 28 flights every week between the two countries. Flights between the two countries are resuming after almost eight months of suspension because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Talking about the other side, three flight carriers from Bangladesh — Biman Bangladeshi Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines and Novo Air — will operate flights between the two countries as well.
Biman Bangladeshi Airlines will operate on the Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Kolkata routes. US-Bangla Airlines will fly on the Dhaka-Chennai route, and Novo Air will trace the Dhaka-Kolkata route. From India, the five airline groups will operate their flights on Dhaka-Delhi, Dhaka-Kolkata, Dhaka-Chennai and Dhaka-Mumbai routes.
Previous reports suggest that a considerable number of people from Bangladesh fly into India for medical treatments. Now with this new air bubble, those who’ve been awaiting surgeries or medical consultancies can breathe a sense of relief.
The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh has already started online visa application services for Bangladeshi citizens from October 9. Initially, travellers can avail visas under five categories that include medical, business, employment, journalists and diplomats. As far as travel requirements are concerned, travellers will have to get tested for COVID-19 and carry a valid negative report with them.