Buddha Air has requested approval from Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari to operate flights from Nepalgunj Airport to New Delhi, India.
The carrier has asked permission for operating 3 daily international flights at 6:30 am morning, 1 pm afternoon and 5:10 pm evening by ATR 72 aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Buddha Air stated that approval process from Indian Authority will be initiated shortly after the permission from Ministry.
In the meeting with Buddha Air officials, Minister Adhikari assured that he has been very positive about this announcement by the airline and according to this, Regional International Announcement for Nepalgunj Airport with installations of essential infrastructure like immigration, customs will be carried out within 6 months.
Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and the Airports Authority of India, which has recently completed the flight agreement, have agreed for two-way L626 air-routes. According to the route agreement, the flights from Nepalgunj to New Delhi, capital city of India can be conducted in 1 hour 10 minutes by ATR aircraft.
Buddha Air has believed that flight from Nepalgunj to New Delhi will prove to be tremendous to transform the economic prosperity of the Middle West and Far West. If the flights could be operated then it would connect directly people of Middle West and Far West of Nepal with New Delhi via Nepalgunj and also help to improve tourist industries along with employment opportunities to local people.
The two way travel of religious tourists will also increase the economic activity of State 5,6 and 7. It will promote the area of Bardiya, Rara lake of State 6, Sworga Duwari of Pyuthan district,Doti, Achham, Bajhang and Bajura. With this, Buddha Air stated that the State 6 can be the center for Simikot to visit Kailash Mansarovar of China.