Buddha Air, private air service provider is preparing to operate 3 flights weekly from Kathmandu to Kolkata.
The airlines has announced to commence flight in Kathmandu-Kolkata air route from May 27, 2019. According to the carrier, the air ticket has been set up to NRs. 10654.
Buddha Air will be operating 3 weekly flight on Kathmandu-Calcutta-Kathmandu sector on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2076 Jestha 13. The airline will be operating flights initially from their current aircraft ATR-72.
The airline will have 6 weekly flights to Calcutta out of 800 total weekly flight of the airline. The flights will depart from Kathmandu at 8 am and from Kolkata at 10:30 am.
The airline stated to operate initially from ATR aircraft as test flight as they have large number of human resource to maintain the aircraft which will help to minimize the cost and expenses.
After successful flights to Calcutta, the airline will be operating flights to various South Asian major cities. After around 1 and half year after initiating they are planning the flight to Calcutta with jet powered aircraft. The airline stated they have been reviewing Boeing as well as Airbus and will be choosing one accordingly.
The airline has been focusing on Indian tourist and basically Bengali tourist from Calcutta as they are mostly travel enthusiast and in 2017 more than 20 million Indian tourist visited foreign country about of which only 160 thousand of them visited to Nepal. The airline has already established their office at India as well which will help them to get their market easily.
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.