Kathmandu (RSS): The Nepal-India flight, which was banned due to the Covid-19 epidemic, will be resumed after about nine months. The Kathmandu-New Delhi flight will resumed from December 17.
As reported in Rastriya Samachar Samiti, the two countries will operate two daily flights to Kathmandu-New Delhi. According to the Indian Embassy in Nepal, both the governments have approved the resumption of scheduled flights between Kathmandu and Delhi under the concept of ‘Air Transport Bubble Mechanism’.
Nepal’s national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and India’s Air India will operate daily flights. The Kathmandu-Delhi flight was postponed by Nepal Airlines from March 25 due to the lockdown. The cabinet meeting held on November 25 had decided to accept the ‘air bubble model’ proposed by India.
As per the air transport bubble concept issued by the Indian Embassy, Nepal Airlines has opened the booking with full readiness to operate the flight. Indian Airlines has also started booking flights to Kathmandu from today.
According to Raj Kumar Chhetri, Deputy Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), bookings for the two daily flights from Kathmandu to Delhi have been started for the time being. According to him, Nepal Airlines will operate one flight from Kathmandu to Delhi and Indian Air will operate one flight from Delhi to Kathmandu.
According to CAAN, flights have been opened to all international destinations from Nepal including India. At present, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Thailand have not flown to Kathmandu. All other destinations are being operated. 29 airlines, including three from Nepal, have been operating international flights to destinations in 16 countries.
NAC intensified preparation of flight resumption
The National flag carrier has intensified preparations for the Kathmandu-Delhi flight. Nepal Airlines Corporations’ international flight destinations are considered to be very good in terms of business in India. The corporation has incurred huge financial losses due to the long absence of flights. Under normal circumstances, there were two daily flights from Kathmandu to Delhi. There is now a daily flight between the epidemics.