Kathmandu (Rashtriya Samachar Samiti): The government has decided to extend numbers of regular international flights.
As per the decision of the recent cabinet meeting, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has increased the number of international flights and sent a new schedule to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
According to CAAN spokesperson Raj Kumar Chhetri, a total of 53 flights a week have been scheduled to various destinations. The government has decided to increase the number of flights to non-Indian destinations by increasing the number of flights to international flights.
According to the new schedule, the national flag carriers of the respective countries will operate two flights a week to New Delhi, the capital of India; Nepal Airlines Corporation (Nepal Airlines) on Wednesday and Air India on Monday.
Similarly, Nepal Airlines will fly to Dubai, UAE on Tuesdays and Thursdays and private sector Himalaya Airlines will operate international flights from Nepal on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fly Dubai will operate one-on-one flights on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
According to CAAN’s flight schedule, Nepal Airlines and Qatar Airways will fly daily to Doha, Qatar, while Himalaya Airlines is allowed to fly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The airlines will fly to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, four days a week on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Nepal Airlines has received two flights a week on Wednesday and Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Similarly, Himalaya Airlines has been allowed to fly to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Turkish Airlines will fly to Istanbul, Turkey on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Jazeera Airways will fly to Kuwait five days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Salaam Air is scheduled to fly to Muscat, Oman three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Air Arabia has scheduled flights to Abu Dhabi on Sunday and Tuesday. Singapore Air will fly to Kathmandu every Sunday.
To control the covid-19 epidemic, the government had suspended domestic and international flights from April for almost two months this year. It has been decided to operate fully domestic flights.
The CAAN has stated that the flight schedule can be further discussed if the country concerned facilitates the flight to the international side. The Ministry of Tourism will facilitate this.