Kathmandu: Sudan Kirati, Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, announces plans to acquire up to ten new aircraft for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) in the current fiscal year.
During a meeting with students at his official residence in Pulchowk, the Minister highlighted the necessity of increasing NAC’s aircraft fleet to address airfare discrepancies and bolster tourism.
He emphasized that enhancing NAC’s capacity is vital for regulating airfares. The procurement process for the new aircraft is set to commence soon.
Additionally, the NAC is preparing to purchase three twin-otters to expand domestic flight operations, aiming to increase their fleet to five. Minister Kirati informed that the NAC has initiated flights from Nepalgunj airport to rural areas during Dashain.
He committed to engaging in discussions with relevant authorities to curb potential black market allocation of air tickets during festivals.
A student delegation, led by Nepal Students Union President Dujang Sherpa, presented a memorandum to the Minister, urging measures to prevent unauthorized sale of air tickets during festivals.
The NSU advocated for NAC to operate flights targeting mountain routes and remote areas to facilitate travelers during the festive seasons.