Kuwait’s flag carrier Kuwait Airways has started Kuwait-Nepal charter flights. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the company started the diplomatic process for regular two-way flights and initially started charter flights.
Jagannath Niraula, the authority spokesperson, said that the company, which started charter flights on Monday, has submitted a plan to start regular flights from Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) in Bhairahawa after one month.
‘The company has now started charter flights. Now, it can fly from TIA because the schedule has been taken in advance concerning the tourist season. After this season, Kuwait Airways will be allocated as Bhairahawa destination for charter flights,’ said spokesperson Niraula, ‘This company has already submitted a plan to operate regular flights in Bhairahawa from next December. The flight schedule proposal is yet to come.’
Jazeera, which started its commercial flights from GBIA last May, operates three and seven flights a week from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
The authority said that the market would become more competitive with the start of regular flights with Kuwait Airways. Similarly, Abu Dhabi-based Wizz Air has postponed its flight dates for the time being. According to the authority, the company plans to start regular flights from GBIA in November and has informed that it will start flights in December.
After one and a half months, the number of airlines flying from GBIA will reach more than half a dozen. From December 16, the authority has instructed airlines such as Fly Dubai, Qatar Airways, and Air Arabia to fly from GBIA.
Nepal Airlines Corporation and Himalaya Airlines have also started the process to start flights from GBIA.