Kolkata: Durgapur airport is set to get its first international flight. On May 26, Bangladesh Prime Minister will travel to the airport and board the Biman Bangladesh special flight.
The Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata is coordinating Hasina’s visit, Chakraborty said. A Boeing 737-800 to fly down to Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport at Andal near Durgapur before driving down to the university at Asansol.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is coming to visit to Kazi Nazrul Islam University in Asansol on May 26 where she will be conferred an honorary D.Litt.
Hasina travels from Kolkata to Santiniketan to attend the convocation at Visva-Bharati along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and inaugurates the Bangladesh Bhavan thereafter, she will fly to Bolpur directly from Kolkata airport in a helicopter on arrival from Dhaka. She will fly back to Kolkata in the chopper.
At present, the airport has only one daily operation, a direct Air India flight between Durgapur and Delhi. With over 90% load, SpiceJet is also willing to introduce flights between Durgapur and Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be the chief guest at the convocation and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will deliver the address as the chancellor of the institution.
The university was established under West Bengal Act XIX of 2012 and named after poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. The post graduate citations and medals will cover four streams – Arts, Science, Commerce and Law.