Sunday, October 25, 2020 | ePaper

India sends air travel bubble proposal to Bangladesh

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has proposed the operation of five airlines on 16 routes a week under the air travel bubble agreement between Bangladesh and India, primarily for emergency services during the global coronavirus pandemic.
These Indian airlines will be able to carry 17,120 passengers a week from Hazrat Shahjalal International
Airport in Dhaka and Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong to New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, depending on passenger demand, according to the proposal.
Ticket prices, ground handling charges and other airport charges will not be included in the air travel bubble agreement.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said the flights would launch soon after the Indian proposal is verified.
The proposal said Air India will be able to carry 346 passengers per week on the Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi route and 346 passengers per week on the Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata route.
Go Air will be able to carry 1,302 passengers per week on the Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi route, as well as 1,302 passengers on the Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata route.
IndiGo will be able to carry 1,302 passengers per week on the Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata route, 1,302 passengers on the Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi route, and 558 passengers on the Chennai-Dhaka-Chennai route.
SpiceJet will be able to carry 546 passengers per week on the Kolkata-Chittagong-Kolkata route, 546 passengers on the Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata route, 558 passengers on the Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi route, 558 passengers per week on Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai route, and 556 passengers on Chennai-Dhaka-Chennai route.
Vistara Air will be able to carry 2,632 passengers per week on the Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi route, 2,632 passengers on the Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata route, 1,316 passengers on the Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai route, and 1,316 passengers on the Chennai-Dhaka-Chennai route.
On September 10, CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman sent a proposal to the director general of Civil Aviation of India. In the proposal, he noted that the Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh and India is still alarming and various preventive measures were needed in both countries.
CAAB proposed also said Biman Bangladesh Airlines wished to operate on the Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka and Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka routes, US Bangla Airlines on the Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka and Dhaka-Chennai-Dhaka routes, and NovoAir on the Dhaka-Kolkata-Kolkata route.
Air travel bubbles are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services while regular international flights are suspended - in this case, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
India currently has air transport bubbles with Germany, France, and the Maldives.

More News For this Category

Audit of government universities urged but to what purpose?

All across the world, university education is seen as the key to a better future, providing the essential tools that people need to sustain their livelihoods, live with dignity

$500 million WB loan sought for vaccine procurement

$500 million WB loan sought for vaccine procurement

Bangladesh has sought U$500 million loan from the World Bank for procurement of Covid-19 vaccine.The funds will be used for procurement, preservation, transportation and distribution of vaccines, according to the

China terms US remarks on its role over Rohingya issue 'inappropriate'

The Chinese Embassy in Dhaka has reacted to the US claim that China has done very little to resolve the Rohingya issue, terming it "inappropriate and not constructive at all".The

Monipur School's guardians demand tuition fee cut

Monipur School's guardians demand tuition fee cut

Staff Reporter :A group of guardians and students of Monipur High School and College have staged a demonstration demanding the reduction of tuition and examination fees.The rally was held in

PK Halder is not returning to Bangladesh now as he falls ill: Lawyers

PK Halder is not returning to Bangladesh now as he falls ill: Lawyers

Proshanta Kumar Halder, who had spoken of his desire to return to Bangladesh amid allegations of having assets beyond means worth Tk 3 billion, has had a change of heart.

Differently abled child violated in Noakhali

Our Correspondent :A differently abled child has been raped allegedly by an 18-year-old in Chatkhil upazila of Noakhali.The victim's mother filed a case under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act

Myanmar vote ban extinguishes hope for ethnic minorities

AFP, Yangon :For many marginalised ethnic minority groups in conflict-plagued regions of Myanmar, next month's national elections had at least offered a glimmer of hope for empowerment.But a decision to

Speedboat capsize 5 bodies recovered in Patuakhali

Our Correspondent  :Coast Guard personnel on Saturday recovered bodies of five people who went missing after a speedboat capsized in the Agunmukha River in Patuakhali on Thursday amid inclement weather.The

Woman pregnant after rape in Bagerhat

Our Correspondent :A woman who was raped on several occasions in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat is currently in the eighth month of her pregnancy.The victim filed a case under the

Constable Harun placed on 5-day remand

Sylhet Bureau :Suspended constable Harunur Rashid of Bandarbazar police outpost in Sylhet has been placed on a five-day remand in a case filed over the death of Raihan Ahmed in