Biratnagar Airport has closed mountain flights due to adverse weather.
Previously, Biratnagar airport commenced mountain flights weekly from November 24, 2018. Mountain flights was started on the initiative of Birat Holidays and Tourism and Travels Association.
Bhabis Shrestha, Chairman of Birat Holidays and tourism businessman stated that the operation for mountain flight is facing problem due to bad weather and because the airport could not operate on time.
The number of domestic tourists has increased in the mountain flights.
Shrestha informed that four mountain flights have been conducted from Biratnagar airport till now. “We still have enough passengers for 3 mountain flights,” he said. “We have planned to resume mountain flights from January 19, 2019 seeing the condition of weather,“ he added.
Tourists arriving at Biratnagar airport can reach Solukhumbu, Taplejung and Okhaldhunga which will promote the tourism, the representatives from Solukhumbu have insisted in this.
The mountain flights featuring Sagarmatha, Lhotsey, Kanchanjunga, Makalu was started targeting the tourists from India, Bhutan and Bangladesh from Biratnagar airport.
The tourism and travel association made agreement with Yeti airlines to pay Rs 180 thousands per flight.
The cost of mountain flights is cheaper than mountain flights from Kathmandu as it charges Rs 9900. The mountain flights from Kathmandu charges Rs 11,635.