The national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has reduced flight frequency to Dubai from Kathmandu. NAC is making the decision as the runway renovation of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is going to begin from 1st April whereas the Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport (DXB) will also undergo renovation works.
The corporation will be reducing its flight frequency starting from 1st April till 30th June. Now the airlines will be conducting 3 weekly flights to DXB instead of daily flights.
As per the information from the corporation, flights to DXB will be conducted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday whereas flights to KTM from DXB will be operated on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday only.
The flight time is also changed as the airlines will conduct flights to DXB at 9:15 pm from TIA while the return flights will be operated at 2:20 am. The bus service provided by NAC at Dubai will be available despite the change in schedule.
The Dubai Aviation Authority is preparing to renovate the Southeast part of DXB’s runway. Hence, the national flag carrier of Nepal will conduct flights from the nearest Al Maktoum International Airport for 3 months.
NAC has informed to operate its wide-body A330 for Dubai fights as the number of passengers is expected to remain unaltered due to change in schedule and reduction of flights.
NAC currently operates international flights with two Airbus A320s and two Airbus A330s. The corporation has already retired its only left vintage Boeing 757. Boeing 757 ‘9N-ACB’ Gandaki, after 31 years of service was retired around last week by the airline so as to focus the airline only in Airbus fleet. The airline is expected to go in tender process to sell the aircraft.
The carrier’s international network includes routes from Kathmandu to Doha (Qatar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Bangkok (Thailand) and Dubai as well to Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai (India).