Leading private carrier of Nepal, Buddha Air has started directed flight service on Kathmandu- Kolkata sector from today.
The airline made the inaugural flight Monday morning at 8:00AM to Kolkata from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Around 56 passengers were on board on inaugural flight from Kathmandu to Kolkata.
Mr. Birendra Bahadur Basnet, Managing director of the airline greeted the entire passenger at TIA before departure.
Upon the arrival at Kolkata airport, there was cake cutting ceremony for the success in the inaugural flight to the airport.
The flight was secured by airline ATR72-500 series aircraft with call sign 9N-AMY. The aircraft departed from Kolkata at around 10:30 in the morning with around 64 passengers on board.
The airline had previously stated to commence flight from September 1st last year however; the airline had to postpone the flight due to Lok Sabha Election of India and had notified to start flight from 27 May.
Now the airline will conduct flights on the pre-scheduled routine which is 3 weekly Kolkata flight on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The carrier has allocated NRs 22,000 per person for two-way air ticket and has allocated NRs. 10,440 from Kathmandu-Kolkata flights whereas NRs. 11,560 for Kolkata-Kathmandu flights.
Buddha Air has also stated to operate direct flights to another Indian city, Guhawati from August 3.
The airline currently owns 12 aircraft that includes 2 Beechcraft B1900D, 3 ATR 42-320 and 7 ATR 72-500 series aircraft. The airline will be adding 2 more ATR 72 series aircraft to extend their flight operation to different cities of India.
The airline has also proposed plan to build hanger at Pokhara Regional International Airport so as to commence international flight from the airport after the airport comes into operation.
The airline is providing services to Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Simara, Janakpur, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Pokhara, Dhangadi, Birendranagar and Tumlingtar from TIA along with Mountain Flights as well as flights to Indian city Varanasi.