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30 Aug 2021

The Civil Aviation Ministry has now announced that India and Bangladesh are all set to resume air bubble arrangement from September 3. India-Bangladesh air bubble will operate until international flights resume. India recently banned scheduled international flights until September 30. The regular scheduled flights were suspended in March last year after the outbreak of the Coronavirus. According to Rajeev Jain, Additional Director General (Media and Communications), the domestic carriers that will be operating to Dhaka would be SpiceJet, Air India, and IndiGo.
It has been reported that under the air bubble pact, international flights can be operated into each other’s territories. But this is subject to certain conditions. The Ministry of Civil Aviation letter announcing this air bubble pact read, "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). 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)."

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