Buddha Air, the leading airline company of Nepal has published Press Release after the news published about the flight from Bhairahawa to Kathmandu of Honorable Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Gokul Prasad Banskota and his team on April 15, 2019.
The carrier said that such news has grabbed their attention deeply and thus they have published Press Release giving clarification about what really happened at that time.
According to the press release of Buddha Air, the flight from Kathmandu-Bhairahawa, flight no. 857 was supposed to take-off at 4pm but it was delayed due to renovation project of Tribhuvan International Airport and adverse weather and took-off at 7 pm and landed at 7:32 pm, On April 15.
After taking off from Kathmandu, the employee of Bhairahawa airport requested to book seats of morning flights on April 16 for Minsiter Banskota and his team.
Due to adverse weather, the flight had to fly back to Kathmandu with passengers immediately. According to that, all passengers with fully occupied seats were on board. The carrier informed that Chief district officer telephoned and asked to stop flights saying Minister Banskota and his team would come from Hotel Tiger Palace resort which was in a distance of 20-25 minutes.
The carrier clarifying the confusions stated that if the flight was stopped for another 30-35 minutes then the flight had to make night stop at Bhairahawa airport because of adverse weather which meant that living expenses of 68 passengers had to be managed by the airline.
Buddha Air also claimed that it is their first duty to operate flights at scheduled time safely. Therefore, according to their management decisions and weather conditions, the airline was compelled to operate flight at 8 pm from Bhairahawa to Kathmandu and landed at 8:49 pm.
The airline currently owns 11 aircraft that includes 2 Beechcraft B1900D, 3 ATR 42-320 and 6 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 airlines is providing services to Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Simara, Janakpur, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Pokhara, Dhangadi and Tumlingtar from TIA along with Mountain Flights as well as flights to Indian city Varanasi. Buddha Air recently celebrated its completion of 21 years of service in Nepali Aviation Market with ATR company officials.