Flights between India and Bangladesh below the bilateral air bubble pact will resume from Friday after 4 months of suspension as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, in response to the civil aviation ministry. With scheduled worldwide passenger flights to and from India remaining suspended since March final yr as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, New Delhi has entered into air bubble preparations with varied international locations, together with Bangladesh, for working flights. The pact with Bangladesh, which got here into impact on October 28, 2020, was legitimate until March 27, 2021, whereby Indian and Bangladeshi carriers have been permitted to function providers between the 2 nations.
India has an air bubble settlement with 28 international locations, which embrace Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ukraine, the UAE, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and the United States. Under an air bubble pact between two nations, particular worldwide flights could be operated by their airways between their territories.
In a communication to the civil aviation authority of Bangladesh on August 28, the ministry of civil aviation mentioned that the air bubble could be restarted from September 3 until the resumption of worldwide passenger flights. “The air bubble may be resumed w.e.f. 03.09.21 till resumption of scheduled international passenger flights,” the ministry of civil aviation knowledgeable, in response to information company PTI. Domestic carriers — SpiceJet, IndiGo and Air India — might be working flights to Dhaka.
Prior to saying the operation of flights, India imposed a lot of restrictions for flights with restricted passengers and strict well being protocols for the passengers travelling from Bangladesh. “Passengers travelling from Bangladesh to India shall be mandatorily subjected to self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry),” the ministry of civil aviation mentioned.
“Therefore instead of a blanket restriction of 140 passengers per aircraft, it is proposed that the capacity may be restricted to a specific percentage of the installed seat capacity of the aircraft (say 90 per cent or 95 per cent),” it added.