The Nepalese International Carrier Himalaya Airlines will conduct direct flight to Beijing from September. The airline has acquired a green signal to conduct 3 weekly flight to China. The carrier will operate flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to Daxing International Airport, Beijing. The second international airport in Beijing, Daxing International Airport is in final phase of completion of construction.
The company has made an official statement now that the flight preparation has been forwarded. The carrier is also planning to add another narrow-body Airbus 319 in its fleet to serve in the sector. Himalaya Airlines is also planning to expand its service to Lhasa from Kathmandu.
Air Service Agreement (ASA) between Nepal and China was revised this July which main focus was on providing slots to Nepali carriers to the newly constructed international airport of China. The proposal of the direct flight to this airport got approved in the ASA revision of July. Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Sichuan Airlines and Tibet Airlines operate flights to Nepal from China presently. However, no carrier from Nepal is flying to China.
National Flag Carrier, Nepal Airlines is in preparation to conduct flights to Guangzhou. “Chinese authorities have confirmed that they will visit Nepal in October to conduct an internal audit of Nepal Airlines, a procedure before allowing the carrier to operate services to China,” said Ganesh Bahadur Chand, spokesperson for Nepal Airlines.
“We had requested them to come in August, but due to their busy schedule, they have scheduled their visit for October,” he said. “We are well prepared for the audit. Once, the audit clears us, we will be connecting Kathmandu with Guangzhou, one of the busiest airports in the world.”
Nepal Airlines has already acquired flight permission to operate flights to Osaka and Narita in Japan.