On Monday, no-frills carrier SpiceJet announced the launch of eight new flights between India and Bangladesh. Starting November 5, passengers will be able to travel from India to Bangladesh as a part of the air bubble agreement. Between Kolkata and Chittagong, the airline will operate four times a week non-stop flight service. Before this, the flight will connect Kolkata, Delhi and Chennai with Dhaka. The port city Chittgaong will be the 11th global destination of SpiceJet. From November 5, the carrier will operate all the new services. As a part of the air bubble pact, the carriers of India and Bangladesh will run 28 flights (per week) each between the two countries.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the air bubble arrangement between two countries helps airlines to operate international flights, with certain restrictions. As per SpiceJet Chief Commercial Officer Shilpa Bhatia, SpiceJet had always witnessed good demand on its flights to Bangladesh. She told that it was confident that its new flights would bring smooth connectivity for the passengers travelling on these routes. As per the airline, it will deploy a mix of its Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft on all these routes. Besides being one of the country’s major financial hubs, Chittagong is Bangladesh’s second-largest city. Chittagong is a key destination for business travellers as an important centre in Bangladesh for global trade.
This is indeed good news for low-cost air travellers. The carrier has offered a good opportunity to those travellers who have to travel frequently from India to Bangladesh for business purpose.