Shree Airlines waiting approval for international flight operation

Shree Airlines is waiting for international flight approval from Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The airline is trying to enter into international platform and extend its service widely.

The airline has applied for Class C license aiming to give services to neighboring countries which allows conducting flights for three hours.

To secure C class license, airlines should have a history of at least five years of domestics operations with at least three aircraft. The application fee costs around NPR50, 000 (USD500) and the airline should have a paid-up capital of at least NPR 500 million. Moreover, the applicant airlines also have to deposit NPRS 5million for security bond.

According to Corporate Manager for Shree Airlines Mr. Anil Manandhar, it might take one or two months to receive approval from MoCTCA, till then the airlines will conduct domestic flights. Currently, the airline is focused in operating flights to India and will add new destinations after getting approval to conduct flights to India.” Shree airlines might add new aircraft after receiving the international flight approval, he added.

Shree Airlines previously stated to initiate international flight after six months operation of its domestic flight with fixed wing aicraft. The airline also revealed its plans to acquire three 110 seater Embraer ERJ-190 for starting the international flight operation however, it is not official whether the airline will acquire Embraer or other aircraft type.

At present, Shree airlines operates scheduled services using fixed wing aircraft following the arrival of three Bombardier CRJ Series aircraft (2 CRJ-200 and 1 CRJ-700) and becomes the second Nepali carrier to fly the aircraft type. Shree airlines conducts scheduled flights to Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Dhangadi with its Bombardier jets.

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