Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has conducted official meeting with Mr. Luo to discuss on the various aspect of tourism sector as well as to add more flights between the 2 neighboring countries China and Nepal.
Minister Adhikari tweeted that the visit will be instrumental in cultural exchanges, tourism promotion and mutual benefits of both the neighboring nations and has urged Chinese diplomats to provide more flight schedule to Nepalese carriers. Minister also proposed to allow flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to operate to Guangzhou and Shanghai.
Chinese team has also showed positive response to the new plans proposed by Minister and if the evaluation and audits could be conducted soon, the flight would be operated within 3 months from coming i.e. probably from February.
Currently, various Chinese carriers conduct total of 70 weekly flight between Nepal and China. Chinese airlines like China eastern, China Southern, Cathay Dragon, Air China, Tibet Airline and Sichuan Airlines operate to Nepal.
Presently, Nepal Airlines does not operate to China but has got approval to fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Kunming, Chengdu and Xi’an whereas previously, NAC used to fly to Shanghai and was discontinued due to a lack of aircraft in 2008.
Both Ministers also discussed on making Visit Nepal year 2020 successful and help Nepal for the program. The meeting can be expected to create a benchmark in Nepalese aviation as it could afford Nepal Airlines to fly to popular destinations of China historically.