Passenger in trouble as airlines operate cargo flight only

Posted on by Biju Shrestha

Passengers of Humla have been in trouble as airlines operating in Surkhet-Humla route has been prioritizing on shipping goods rather than for passenger travel. Peoples are stranded for days and some even for weeks as they are not being able to get ticket to return.

Although Jumla is connected to the capital with roadways via Karnali Highway, the easiest mean has been air transport and as airlines have been giving priority to cargo passengers are agitated.

Peoples of Humla are in dismay as they are not being able to receive ticket at Surkhet Airport even for a week.
There is no regular flight on the sector and airline operating flights at the sector focused on carrying food supply rather than the passengers.

Peoples have complained about lack of initiation from provincial government to solve the issue. The airlines had agreed to operate flights 1 weekly flight however they have not conducted accordingly.

Provincial government has stated that they don’t have provision to make rules about aviation field and has stated that meetiing will be done with airlines as well as Civil Aviation Authority soon.

Sita Air commenced its scheduled flights from Simikot airport, Humla on June 29, 2018 in Surkhet-Humla route.
Previously, the local people of Dolpa, Jumla, Mugu and Humla district of Karnali region have to use 3 hours roadway from Nepalgunj to reach Surkhet and now the same routine is expected to be followed.

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