Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) stated that the air services should expand further in order to increase foreign tourism in the country.
Speaking at a press conference organized at Biratmad in Jhapa on Wednesday, Minister Adhikari said that Ministry has been working to extend further service to Bhadrapur Airport pinting out Jhapa to be a transit point to bring tourists.
Bhadrapur airport will operate Pokhara-Bhadrapur air service soon as it has been conducting Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight, he added.
“Jhapa is a transit point for foreign tourists traveling to Sikkim, Darjeeling of India,” Minister Adhikari said.
Though the airport is fully capable and have convenient facilities, however we are not able to make Jhapa a tourist destination failing to upgrade, so all the concerned bodies along with the authority should work in developing tourism in Jhapa, he said.
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has started international flight services in some countries and the government has been further expanding these services in other nations,” said Minister Adhikari, adding that the government is preparing to expand the air services in international level.
Bhadrapur airport is a major hub for the eastern part of Nepal. Daily flights to and from Kathmandu are filled with regular Nepalese, as well as many commuting to/from India. This airport is being developed thoroughly.
Presently, Buddha Air, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), Saurya Airlines, Yeti Airlines and Shree Airlines operate in this airport. Daily 8 to 10 flights have been operating in the Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu based route.