December 5, 2020
The Buddha Air; a reputed company in the domestic aviation sector is expected to create a history. The company covers 60 per cent of the domestic market, deciding to add short take-off and landing (STO). After this decision, the aircraft to view to flying to the remote airfields which have not been done by any other.
If Buddha air will do it successfully, the scenario of domestic aviation may get change and there may be more airlines flying there. At present, there are 49 airports in Nepal and six more are being built. Among them, 20 airports are not even in operation. It is because many airlines companies do not want to conduct flights from there. The companies are concern about risk factors and high operating costs. But, managing director of Buddha Air, Birendra Bahadur Basnet has informed that company have already started the process to select the appropriate aircraft for STOL operation.
Many concern personalities are taking it as a game-changer in the domestic aviation sector. In the harsh geography, a topography where weather frequently and suddenly changes making visibility poor have made the mountain airfields a least attractive sector for private operators but still there are the competitions. The safety report produced by the civil aviation regulator shows that aircraft operating in the STOL sector have suffered comparatively more accidents than aircraft operating in the trunk sector. This is the report based on the last ten years (2009-2019). But Buddha Air is trying to make history.
Buddha Air informed that it will begin operation with three aircraft. In the first phase, it will begin operation from Manthali airport and from Pokhara. The STOL aircraft can fly to mountain airfields of Tumlingtar, Bhojpur, Ilam and Taplejung, among others, from Manthali and Jomson and Manang from Pokhara. This service will add the facility to the public as well as it will attract air travellers. Ultimately it will help to promote various touristic destinations and enhance domestic tourism.