Upon request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Himalaya Airlines was honored to operate a special diplomatic charter flight to Qingdao (Tsingtao), China on Aug 09, 2022, for the official visit of Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Narayan Khadka. Himalaya’s Airbus 319, 9N AJK with the flight no. H9 7220 departed from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 23.07 hrs (local time) yesterday carrying eleven-member delegation of MOFA officials and landed at Qingdao Liuting International Airport (IATA: TAO, ICAO: ZSQD) at 07.55 hrs (local time) today.
The delegation after the two-day official visit to Qingdao, will return on Aug 11, 2022 via flight H9 7221 departing at 15.00 hrs (local time) and is expected to arrive Kathmandu at 16.50 hrs (local time) on Aug 11, 2022.
With the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, air travel between Nepal & China had come to a standstill with various travel restrictions imposed by both the countries. However, with pandemic under control and normalcy regained, Himalaya started its scheduled operation to Kunming, China with weekly one flight from 31st May 2022.
Since there is no direct scheduled flight to Qingdao from Kathmandu, the airlines operated this special charter flight obtaining all the necessary permissions.