As of last weekend, the government program had allowed 321 repatriation flights since the month of June and brought back just over 50,000 Nepalis to the home country. This represent 90% of the Nepali stranded overseas. The top countries were most Nepalis were repatriated from are UAE (13375), Saudi Arabia (7817), Malaysia (7479), Kuwait (6542), and Qatar (5987).
The program has considerably slowed down since August 15 with only 9 flights operating since then versus 78 in the first two weeks of the month. However, August has already had almost as many repatriation flights as June. The bulk of the flights has been evenly awarded to Nepal Airlines and Himalayan Airlines. In fact, the top five airlines have operated 80% of the repatriation flights.
From an aviation standpoint, although a variety of airplanes have been used for these flights (some in Kathmandu for the first time), the vast majority of Nepali came home on an Airbus A320.
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According to recent press reports, when the airport reopens on September 1st, repatriation flights will continue only from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.
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