Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), national flag carrier has urged to stay aware about the issue that the corporation canceled flights to Dubai and flew to Malaysia whereas Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari (MoCTCA) has directed to investigate on Nepal Airlines aircraft that canceled its commercial flight to Dubai and rather flew to Malaysia.
The corporation has released a statement on Wednesday saying the flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was operated according to the schedule and including the reason for the cancellation of the flight to Dubai was birdstrike witnessed by A320 “9N-AKW”.
As per the information from the corporation, one of the aircraft has been grounded since the birdstrike incident due to which scheduled flights have been affected. In this case, grounded aircraft disrupted scheduled flight to Dubai on Sunday saying Dubai flight was not canceled for Kuala Lumpur flight.
On the other side, the rumor has been rising that the aircraft with passengers from Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal delegates flew to Malaysia Monday morning to attend PATA Travel Mart by canceling Sunday night’s flight to Dubai. Minister Adhikari in a press conference stated that action will be taken against every involved without compromising as it is a serious issue where the corporation has clearly clarified that the flight to Malaysia was operated as per the schedule.
Due to the flight cancellation, 63 passengers traveling to Dubai were accommodated at a hotel near Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at Kathmandu and 156 passengers were accommodated at hotels in Dubai in corporations’ expense.
In the press release, the corporation stated that there were 26 representatives were on board to participate in PATA Travel Mart-2018 at Langkawi City, Malaysia and it is not true that flight to Dubai was canceled in the purpose to take the same flight to Kuala Lumpur.