Autumn and festival impact brings rapid bookings of international tickets
September 5, 2016 – Kathmandu
The approaching main festival of Hindus in Nepal Bada Dashain causes an intense booking off all international flights inbound to Nepal beginning from the second week of September. The festival which is 10 days long followed by another major festival within 15 days will last until 1 month long due to which major people of the country will visit their own home resulting highest booking rate in the international flights from major gateways linking Nepal i.e. Delhi, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and China.
Over 80 percent of the tickets have been booked already foe period between mid-September and mid-October. Some flights from India and China are already packed and remaining flights will also be sold out until this week end. September-November climate of autumn is the peak season for tourism when country welcomes about 35 percent of the yearly tourist arrivals. This has caused the rapid bookings of inbound flights to Nepal.
Indigo has 70 percent advance reservations on the Delhi-Kathmandu sector for Sept 16 to 26 and from Sept 27 to Oct 7, its bookings have crossed 80 percent. National flag carrier Nepal Airlines, which operates 11 weekly flights on the Kathmandu-Delhi, sector has also sold 70 percent of its inbound seats. Similarly another sector of Kuala Lumpur-Kathmandu has also crossed 80 percent bookings. Nepali private airliner Himalaya Airlines has more than 80 percent inbound bookings for Sept 27 to Oct 10, while Nepal Airlines has observed more than 60 percent advance reservations on the Doha to Kathmandu Sector.
The rapid bookings reflect the travel rush according to Deepak Basnet, ticketing executive of Osho World Travel and he expected that the autumn will bring good impact in the grooming tourism industry of our country. Indian Airlines that operates 11 weekly flights from Delhi has recorded more than 80 percent bookings. Another Indian carrier—Jet Airways—that operates 14 weekly flights from Delhi is 80 percent booked for Sept 16 to Sept 23, and its flights are sold out for Sept 30 to Oct 12, according to Osho Travel.
The further booking coverage of different airlines connecting Nepal from different cities of world have been tabulated as follows:
|China Southern||Guangzhou – Kathmandu||Sept 10-19||80|
|China Eastern||Kunming – Kathmandu||Sept 24 – Oct 6||80|
|Air China||Chengdu – Kathmandu||Sept 22 to Oct 3||80|
|Sichuan Airlines||Chengdu-Lhasa-Kathmandu||Sept 24 to Oct 5||80|
|Malaysia Airlines||Malaysia – Kathmandu||Sept 20 to Oct 9||80|
|Air Asia X||Malaysia – Kathmandu||Sept 18 to Oct 7||80|
|Malindo Air||Malaysia – Kathmandu||Sept 21 to Oct 7||70|
|Nepal Airlines||Malaysia – Kathmandu||Sept 22 to Oct 7||80|
|Qatar Airways||Doha – Kathmandu||Sept 23 to Oct 16||90|
|Etihad Airways||Dubai – Kathmandu||Sept 20 to Oct 10||90|
|Fly Dubai||Dubai – Kathmandu||mid Sept to mid-Oct||80|
|Fly Dubai||Al Maktoum – Kathmandu||mid Sept to mid-Oct||60|
|Nepal Airlines||Dubai – Kathmandu||Sept 20 to Oct 10||90|
|Oman Air||Muscat – Kathmandu||Sept 20 to mid-Oct||90|
|Turkish Airlines||Istanbul – Kathmandu||Sept 27 to mid-Oct||90|
|Thai Airways||Bangkok – Kathmandu||Sept 24 to Sept-end||80|
|Dragon Air||Hong Kong – Kathmandu||Sept 16 to 24|
Sept 25 to Oct 9
|Korean Air||South Korean||Sept 19 to Oct 9||90|