Flight services between Kolkata and Bangladesh will resume on October 28. 

An air travel bubble will be established between India and Bangladesh with effect from October 28 and will remain valid till January 31 next year or till the resumption of scheduled international flights.

An air bubble is an arrangement between two countries to operate commercial passenger flights as regular services have been stalled because of the pandemic.

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SpiceJet, IndiGo, Air India, GoAir and Vistara are the Indian carriers allowed to operate flights to Dhaka and Chittagong from Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.

They can operate up to 28 flights in a week from these cities. Biman Bangladesh, US Bangla Airlines and NovoAir are the Bangladesh carriers, which can operate a similar number of flights.

On Thursday (October 22), US Bangla Airlines officials told tour operators in Kolkata that they would start daily flight services between Kolkata and Dhaka soon.

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SpiceJet will start operating on the Kolkata-Dhaka route from the first week of November.

Anil Punjabi, chairman, east, Travel Agents Federation of India, said, “Bangladesh is a very big sector for Calcutta. Medical tourism, trade, small and medium-scale hotels and restaurants heavily depend on people from Bangladesh. We had requested both the state and the Centre to allow flight operations. We are happy with the resumption of services.”