Buddha Air is preparing direct flights to Surkhet Airport from Kathmandu beginning from 14 April 2018 (1 Baisakh 2075). As per the information, the airline will be conducting daily Kathmandu-Surkhet-Kathmandu flights.
Buddha Air has allocated ticket price that will be starting from Rs8500 and it will also specify lower airfare subject to availability.
Surkhet Airport, a major hub after Nepalgunj airport in the Mid-Western Region is set to feature with direct flight service from Buddha Air and Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) after a tri-party agreement to this regard was reached on March 21, 2018.
As per the talk held at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), two airline companies Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and Buddha Air had agreed to operate direct flights to the airport.
Meeting held between Rabindra Adhikari, the recently appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Chief Minister of Karnali Province along with the Province Ministers had discussed about a plan to recommence the flights to the airport which could enhance the tourism business that has been affected due to lack of efficient air service. Traders say that tourists are less likely to arrive due to the lack of air service even though there are attractive tourist destinations here.
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Managing Director Mr. Sugat Ratna Kansakar stated to commence direct flight to the airport from April 04, 2018 (Chaitra 21, 2074) however, official confirmation and schedule is yet to be disclosed.
Surkhet Airport is situated at Birendranagar Municipality of Surkhet District, Province No. 6. It is one of the moderately busy airports of Nepal, serves most of the remote sectors of the western part of the country with whole Karnali zone – Jumla, Humla, Kalikot, Mugu and Dolpa – together with Bajura and at times Rukum as well. This airport is strategically important for the transportation of food grains, clothes, medicines, iodine-mixed salt, construction materials, office goods, school materials like books and stationeries as well as other commercial goods.
The aerodrome features a single asphalt concrete runway with Dimension 1255 m x 30 m and orientation of 02/20. The apron of the airport can accommodate 5 aircraft at a time like B190, D228, DHC6, L410, Y12, C208.