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Air bubble flights with India likely to resume from September 3

  • Published at 02:53 pm August 28th, 2021
Planes Dhaka airport
File photo shows planes parked at the tarmac of the airport in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Passengers with tourist visas will not be allowed to enter, says the Indian civil aviation ministry

Flight operations under air bubble agreement between India and Bangladesh can resume from September 3, after being suspended for four months due to rising coronavirus infections.

Passengers traveling from Bangladesh to India will be subjected to mandatory self-paid confirmatory molecular tests on arrival at the Indian airports concerned, according to a circular issued by the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday.

Any passenger from India can travel to Bangladesh irrespective of Covid vaccination status it said before adding passengers with tourist visas will not be allowed to enter.

Flights under the air bubble will begin with seven frequencies per week – for carriers of either country.

About the restriction of passengers on narrow-body aircraft, the Indian carriers have intimated that there are multiple configurations of narrow-body aircraft in their fleet.

So, instead of a blanket restriction of 140 passengers per aircraft, the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry proposed that the capacity may be restricted to a specific percentage of the installed seat capacity of the aircraft, for example 90% or 95%.

Also, the proposal did not restrict visa types; only tourist visas are still closed.

In addition, the permission has not been limited to vaccinated persons and no quarantine requirement is specified.

The only limiting fact is the number of flights, seven per side every week.


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