Repatriation flight program passes the 50,000 returnees mark

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).

Photo: Passengers boarded for repatriation flights at Oman.

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.

NACNepal Airlines9128%
HIMHimalaya Airlines9028%
JZRJazeera Airlines3210%
ABYAir Arabia237%
FDBFly Dubai206%

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.

Airbus A32021366%
Airbus A3305517%
Boeing 7373511%
Boeing 78752%
Boeing 77752%
Challenger 60431%
Fokker 7010%
Airbus A400M10%
Canadair RJ 20010%
ATR 4210%
Falcon 900EX10%

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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