November 30, 2020
The government of Nepal allowed the resumption of all tourist activities with health protocols. Previously, only mountaineering and trekking were allowed to resume. In this regard, the mountain flights that were suspended for more than nine months start operating.
Airline operators have already started mountain flights from Saturday. Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines have already set a schedule for mountain flights. Buddha Air itself conducted its first mountain flight on Saturday. As it was the test flight, the company declared it will be continuing for every Saturday from December 5. In the package of mountain flights one can observe mountain ranges including Mt Everest, Makalu, Nuptse and Gaurishankar and many others. The flights will be conducted from Tribhuvan International Airport.
In order to address the gap of tourism activities and to enhance it, the company have introduced big offers. The company explained, it has introduced an attractive package especially for those who cannot reach the mountains by trekking but want to experience mountaineering via flights. As per the package one can get a ticket at Rs 8,900 where another ticket will be proved free. This is the offer given by Buddha Air. The airline company further explained that when passengers purchase a ticket for a window seat the adjoining seat will be provided free of cost. This offer is only available for Nepali citizens.
At the same time, Yeti Airlines also resumed its operation of mountain flights. Company has declared it will conduct flights in every Saturday form December 5. The ticket fare is slightly different than Buddha air. Rs 8,999 is mentioned for a ticket. As per the package a passenger buying a ticket for a mountain flight can buy another ticket at a total cost of Rs 13,499. This offer is also only available for Nepali citizens.
The Cabinet had decided on November 9 to allow the operation of cable cars, jungle safaris and museums. At the same time, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) had also issued a notice on November 13 requesting all the tourism service providers to resume their activities with health protocols. For monitoring and further decision, the local governments were given responsibility.