12 airlines interested to resume international flights from Kathmandu after suspension ends

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After the government announcement to resume domestic and international flights from August 17 following the end of the four-month-long lockdown, as many as 12 airline companies have expressed interest to resume international flights from and to Kathmandu.

As of Monday, 12 companies have applied for permits to operate flights from and to Kathmandu, informs the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal’s Deputy Director-General Raj Kumar Chhetri, adding the flights will connect Kathmandu to 18 cities of various countries if operated. The authority, has, not made any decision about the permits.

“We are still discussing whether to give approval.”

In total, 158 flights have been proposed every week. Nepal’s national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines, alone has demanded 57 flights per week. Following the NAC, Air Arabia has proposed 35 weekly flights whereas another Nepali airline, Himalayan Airlines 21.

The only international airport of the country would operate around 90 international flights on a normal day, but now the flights will be restricted to around 25 per cent of the normal it has been learned.

Here is the detail of proposed flights:

AirlineDestinationFlights/week
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul1
Salam AirMuscat7
IndiGoNew Delhi7
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou1
Air ChinaChengdu1
Jazeera AirwaysKuwait City2
Fly DubaiDubai7
Himalayan AirlinesChongqing (1), Doha (5), Abu Dhabi (4), Dammam (7), Kuala Lumpur (4)21
Nepal AirlinesDelhi (14), Bangalore (3), Mumbai (7), Guangzhou (3), Dubai (7), Doha (7), Kuala Lumpur (7),  Nariya (3), Bangkok (3), Hong Kong (3)57
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur5
Malindo AirKuala Lumpur14
Air ArabiaAbu Dhabi (7), Sharjah (28)35