Saurya Airlines, the private domestic carrier of Nepal has paid Nrs. 1 crore out of 4 crores of pending airport service charge. The airline resumed its flight operation from last Friday after clearing the 25 percent of the total amount.
The airline has committed to pay all the pending dues within two months, informs the Tribhuvan International Airport General Manager Raj Kumar Chhettri. Saurya paid NRs. 98 lakhs 40 thousand by this Sunday as it started the payment with NRs. 50 lakh on 21st Falgun as a first installment.
The marketing executive from Saurya Airlines informed that the company is preparing to add one CRJ-200 by 15th April whereas 3 more ATR series aircraft within 6 months.
Earlier, TIA Civil Aviation Office halted Saurya flights for almost 4 months after the airline hesitated to clear the airport service charge even after the repetitive warning.
The aircraft remained grounded after TIA halted its flight from 27th November 2018. The airline company was in financial crisis until the Indian company Kuber group purchased it with an estimated amount of NRs. 63 crores.
Saurya Airlines with its two CRJ-200 aircraft conducts flight to Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Bhadrapur, Nepalgunj, and Dhangadhi.
The airline had been operating 2 Bombardier CRJ-200 series aircraft to Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj, Bhadrapur and Dhangadi sector before being grounded.
The airline had been operating with only 1 aircraft in its final days before halting the flight as one of the aircraft was grounded for a long time which also caused the financial problem to the airline.
The airline is the first to introduce Jet engine aircraft for the domestic carrier with CRJ-200 series aircraft.