Sita Air commenced its scheduled flights from Simikot airport, Humla on June 29, 2018. The airline has started air flight service in remote district from Surkhet, capital of Karnali state.
According to General Manager Ghanshyam Acharya, Sita Air’s Dornier DO 228 operated its flight from Simikot airport to Humla. He also informed that the carrier has sent the letter to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) for the purpose of issuance and the airfare will be published immediately after the CAAN approval.
According to Sita Air, the flights services would be expanded according to the requirement of the market and demand of the passengers. General Manager Acharya said that the air service was started to provide further development and to lift tourism sector upward of Karnali region. He said that the air ticket will also be cheap when traveling directly to Surkhet.
Chief Minister Shahi said that the state government initiated direct scheduled flight from Surkhet to Kathmandu in the aim of connecting remote districts through air services.
Previously, the local people of Dolpa, Jumla, Mugu and Humla district of Karnali region have to use 3 hours roadway from Nepalgunj to reach Surkhet . Finally, they have get rid of that
Sita Air currently operates scheduled flights to Surkhet, Simikot and Jumla from its Nepalgunj base with its Dornier DO-228 aircraft whereas it also conducts flights to Lukla from Kathmandu.
Established in during the political chaos in the country, Sita Air has been conducting air service in the country for around 13 years. Though the airlines got its air operators certificate (AOC) in 2000, it couldn’t conduct flights till 2003. The operations started on 6th of February, 2003 with a single Dornier Do 228 and later another aircraft was added in April 2003. At present, the airline owns 3 Dornier DO-228 aircraft.