Air Arabia has been ordered by the government to reimburse the passengers. Yogesh Bhattarai, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, has instructed returning the cash of 142 passengers who landed from Sharjah, UAE on August 25 with 161 passengers in Kathmandu.
Tourism Minister Bhattarai ordered Air Arabia to refund the passengers in a meeting held at the ministry on Wednesday about regular flight fares and chartered flight grievances, according to the tourism minister’s private secretariat.
The Minister of Tourism has ordered the subordinate bodies to reimburse the amount after Air Arabia carried 142 PCRs, 18 RDTs, and one untested passenger to Hotel Quarantine and positioned them. Minister Bhattarai further ordered that the amount be reimbursed promptly and that action be taken if the money was not refunded.
After receiving complaints that international regular flights were expensive, Minister Bhattarai directed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to allow foreign airlines to operate in the sector where Nepal Airlines and Himalayan Airlines fly.
Minister Bhattarai said that the airlines should control the issue after receiving complaints of uncontrolled black marketing of tickets by travel agencies.