Buddha Air has started direct flight from Pokhara to Nepalgunj from Sunday. There will be regular flights three days a week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, said Buddha Air. According to Gautam Baral, head of Buddha Air Pokhara, the 18-seat capacity 1900D Beechcraft flew for the first time today for Pokhara-Nepalgunj-Pokhara route.
The flight departed from Pokhara at 9:10 am and from Nepalgunj at 10 am. The one-way flight time is 35 minutes. The fare has been fixed at Rs 7,635, Rs 5,535, and cheaper at Rs 4,935. Earlier, Sita Air had been chartering flights two days a week during the lockdown. Buddha Air soon to start Simara to Biratnagar routes as well.
The tourism entrepreneurs are confident that the number of domestic and foreign tourists will also increase after connecting Pokhara-Nepalgunj with direct flights. Sanjay Kant Sigdel, president of the Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) Gandaki, said that it would be easier for Indian tourists to come to Pokhara, especially from the Indian cities Lucknow and Kanpur. “It is believed that the number of people going from Pokhara to Bardiya and Rara Lake to Pokhara will increase,” he said.
Passengers of the first flight from Nepalgunj were welcomed in Pokhara.