November 27, 2020
The government of Nepal has decided to resume international fights towards India and Bangladesh. The flights were suspended for the last eight months due to threat of covid-19 infection. The cabinet allowed to resume it on Wednesday.
The major concern authority; the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is now preparing to start a diplomatic process with both the countries to resume regular flights. The ministry’s secretariat informed that the ministry is preparing to send proposals through diplomatic missions to both the countries for the resumption of international flights. As per the old schedule before pandemic two Nepali airlines e.g., Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and Buddha Air and three Indian airlines e.g., Air India, Vistara and Indigo were conducting regular flights to Nepal-India route.
The government was compelled to halt all international and domestic flights in March due to pandemic. Due to new circumstances, only a few repatriation flights were conducted from India. At the same time, from September 21, the charter flights were scheduled as the government resumed international flights on the same day. The civil aviation ministry said that there is a growing demand for regular flights between Nepal and Bangladesh.
Furthermore, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) informed that 10 airlines are currently operating regular international flights during this time. At present, the Nepal Airlines (NAC), Himalaya Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air Arabia, Malindo, Fly Dubai, UTA (Charter), Jazeera, Air China and SilkAir are conducting regular flights from different countries. These days international tourists are also gradually increasing in Nepal. After the resumption of flights from India and Bangladesh, it will help to grow the tourism industry in the pandemic time.