Published:  02:07 AM, 26 October 2020

Biman, US-Bangla to resume flights to India Oct 28-29

US-Bangla Airlines, the country's largest private carrier, will resume flight operation to India's two designations - Kolkata and Chennai - from October 28 while the national flag carrier Biman will reopen its New Delhi flight from Oct 29. Apart from Delhi route, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will resume its flight to Kolkata and Chennai from November 1 and 15 respectively, a press release of the airlines said on Sunday.

The US-Bangla Airlines will operate flight to Kolkata six days a week except for Monday and to Chennai for four days a week on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, airlines spokesperson said.The Novoair, another local carrier, has taken preparation to reopen its Kolkata flight but the resumption date is yet to be decided, said the airlines official, reports BSS.

The move came as Bangladesh and India decided to restore the air connectivity between the two neighboring countries under "air bubble" arrangement from October 28 after nearly eight months of flight suspension for containment of COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the arrangement, three Bangladeshi airlines - Biman Bangladesh Airlines, US-Bangla Airlines, and Novo Air - will initially operate 28 flights a week while while five Indian carriers - Air India, Vistara, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and GoAir - will run the same number of flights in a week.According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB), five Indian airlines will operate flights on Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi, Kolkata-Dhaka-Kolkata, Chennai-Dhaka-Chennai and Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai routes.

On October 9, the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh announced resumption of online visa application services for Bangladeshi citizens.For now, visas will be provided in nine categories including medical, business, employment, journalists, diplomatic personnel, officials, UN officials, and UN diplomats, said the Bangladesh foreign ministry.

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