Sita Air conducting Government’s Humanitarian supplies from Nepalgunj
A private carrier operating in the STOL-Short Takeoff and Landing airports in Nepal ‘Sita Air’ has become first to transport the Humanitarian and Relief supplies to the most remote places of Far West region of the country. The carrier has made supplies of sacs of rice and other food materials to an extreme place of country Humla from Nepalgunj Airport starting yesterday. The carrier will be conducting more flights like this from Surkhet Airport too in coming days and will also cover other airports of the far west as well.
Previously, Nepal Army used to conduct these kind of mission to supply the relief materials at different parts of the country. All the three M-28 Skytruck aircraft of Nepal Army are situated at Kathmandu Base right now. The lockdown of the country has induced stoppage on all kinds of road and air transportation due to which food and daily essentials have been short at various regions of the country. Simikot Airport at Humla is only connected to other places of country by air transport due to lack of any road transportation available. Therefore Simikot has been first hit by the short of supplies.
Sita Air has also conducted rescue flight missions to Lukla airport after the lockdown. It conducted 4 shuttle flights in two consecutive days to withdrew the stranded passengers at Lukla Airport after the announcement of country wide lockdown by the Government for Corona Virus spread prevention.
It has been reported that a lot of foreigners are still stranded at Lukla Airport, the most extreme airport and gateway to Mount Everest. The outbreak of CoVid-19 and lockdown imposed all over country made tourists stranded at various part of country including Lukla. Numerous tourists have been rescued from Pokhara as well which is one of the most popular tourist destination and gateway to multiple adventurous trekking routes.
Embassies of different country in Nepal have approached Government of Nepal to rescue their respective nationals from various parts of the country. The Government has made provision of conducting special rescue flights in special permission during the lockdown. All other domestic as well as international flights remain suspended till April 15. Some international rescue flights also have been conducted in this difficult hour of people and the world.