Nepal cabinet agreed to allow domestic flights to resume from Thursday (17 September 2020) as part of its phased opening after a six-month Covid-19 shutdown.
Government spokesperson and Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali said that on a conference that the decisions have been made on the advice of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC) there at a Cabinet meeting on Monday.
From 1 September, small regular international flights also were approved so long as the cumulative number of passengers arriving regularly did not exceed 800. Tourism and Civil Aviation minister Yogesh Bhattarai indicated last week that it would soon be possible to land up to 3,000 passengers each day.
Foreign Minister Gyawali said that while transport controls have been relaxed, flights, hotels, and restaurants would continue to follow strict separation and mask guidelines. Domestic airlines would have to comply with stringent safety regulations covering check-in, ramp busses, and flights aboard.