Many countries have started showing interest in operating flights to Nepal recently. In this verse, Nepal Government is preparing to sign a Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) with Cambodia, Vietnam. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) is arranging to make air agreement between Nepal and Cambodia for the first time.
Suresh Acharya, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) stated that the air agreement between Nepal and Cambodia has been prepared focusing the visit of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen ( Hun Sen in short cut) in Nepal.
Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen will be visiting Nepal as a state visit on November 30, 2018. On the very occasion, the air agreement has been prepared to be signed between both countries, said Acharya.
Although the air agreement is being prepared, the ministry has not disclosed information about number of flight that each country will operate.
Just recently a bilateral agreement had been renewed between Nepal and Thailand. The bilateral agreement was renewed on a meeting between the two countries’ representatives in Bangkok on November 2, 2018. In the letter of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), it is mentioned that Nepali airlines can conduct at least 28 flights in a week and can operate in any airport of Thailand and both countries will not make limitation in the number of cargo aircraft.
Similarly, Government of Nepal is preparing to sign Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) with Australia as well as planning to sign revised Air Service Agreement with United Arab Emirate (UAE).
Pramod Nepal, undersecretary at Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) stated that the government has been preparing to sign first memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding ASA with Australia. The governments from both countries have the same opinion by allowing Nepali airlines to operate 7 flights weekly to major Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Nepal has signed bilateral ASAs with 38 countries which allow operating 214 flights per day to and from Nepal to various destinations.