Ministry of Civil Aviation has now announced that India and Bangladesh are set to resume the Air-Bubble system from September 3, 2021.

India-Bangladesh air bubble will operate until international flights resume. India has recently banned scheduled international flights till September 30, 2021.

Regular scheduled flights were suspended in March last year following the outbreak of coronavirus. According to Rajiv Jain, Additional Director General (Media and Communications), the domestic carriers that will operate to Dhaka will be SpiceJet, Air India and IndiGo.

The letter announcing this air bubble agreement by the Ministry of Civil Aviation 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)."

Air Bubble Pact with Bangladesh came into force for the first time on October 28, 2020. It was valid till March 27, 2021. India had an air bubble pact with more than 25 countries.

It has been told that international flights can be operated in each other's territories under the Air Bubble Pact. But it is subject to certain conditions.


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