Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 23 August: Resumption of flights between Bangladesh and India has become uncertain as the Indian health ministry is taking much time to clear the matter, according to Bangladesh high commission officials in New Delhi.
‘The matter is now pending with the Indian health ministry,’ Bangladesh foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen said on Sunday when his attention was drawn to an announcement of the foreign minister, AK Abdul Momen, about the possibility of resumption of flights between the two countries under air-bubble mechanism.
The Bangladesh government has approved the matter as the rates of Covid infections have become now relatively lower in both Bangladesh and India, he said.
Three Bangladesh airlines and five Indian airlines were expected to operate flights, with limited capacities depending on the size of the aircrafts, between Dhaka and Kolkata and Dhaka and New Delhi without any transit under the air-bubble mechanism.
Several thousand people already booked their journey and most of the Bangladeshi passengers are patients inclined to go to India for treatment, according to the government officials.
The Indian missions in Bangladesh also started to granting visas for the potential travellers.
The Bangladesh high commission in New Delhi is likely to raise the matter with the Indian authorities this week again, officials said.