Buddha Air, leading air carrier of Nepal has set a new record by providing services to more than 1.4 Million air passengers in one year. This number of passengers is doubled compared to the number of passengers of 4 years ago.
Buddha Air employing around 1000 employees has served 14,05,161 air passengers in 2018. The number of served air passengers was 13,14,867 in 2017.
“We are excited by the number of passengers increasing every year,” said Rupesh Joshi, Marketing director of Buddha Air. The air passengers is increased by 7 per cent compared to last 4 years.
According to him, Buddha Air has served 10,16,633 passengers in 2016. Similarly, 7,46,197 passengers were served in 2015 and 7,49,084 passengers in 2014.
Around 3000 passengers were decreased in 2015 but 3,00,000 passengers was increased in 2016. Likewise,. 3,00,000 passengers was increased in 2017 and 1,00,000 passengers in 2018.
Currently, Buddha Air has 2 Beechcraft 1900D manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft (now Hawker Beechcraft), 3 ATR 42-320 and 6 ATR 72-500.
Recently, Buddha Air has been conducting about 3 dozens daily flights from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Simara, Janakpur, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Pokhara, Dhangadhi and Tumlingtar.
Buddha Air conducts “Mountain flight” from Kathmandu and “Annapurna Mountain flight” from Pokhara. The carrier also conducts flights from Biratnagar to Tumlingtar, Pokhara to Bharatpur and Bhairahawa.
Buddha Air has announced to conduct international flights with the base from Pokhara Regional International Airport from 2021 by having 30% share of the airline, 30% to any interested strategic partner and rest to Public.
Buddha Air is preparing to operate flights to India and China at the first phase after the completion of Pokhara Regional International Airport. Buddha Air has planned to operate international flight with the “Boeing 737 Max” series aircraft manufactured on American Aircraft Manufacturing Company.