Summit air has recommenced its operation to Taplejung from October 9 (today). The airlines which previously halted the flight due to the maintenance of their aircraft took off at 12:10 am from Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu with its LET-410 UVPE-20 aircraft with call-sign 9N-AMP. The aircraft took-off with 17 onboard to Suketar Airport in Taplejung.
The aircraft under command of instructor pilot Ang Dorje Sherpa returned from Suketar airport at around 13:05 with 8 people onboard.
The airlines had scheduled to fly to the airport last week however due to adverse climatic condition, the flight couldn’t be operated. Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has also stated to operate 2 scheduled flights weekly (Wednesday and Friday) to the airport from this week.
The airline will be conducting 1 weekly flight to the airport and the cost of the flight is Nrs.7565 as stated by airlines chief of marketing department Manjani Shrestha Dongol. The airline will also be operating a charter flight to the airport.
The airline is also operating a daily flight to Lukla from Ramechhap. The airline stated that to minimize the air traffic congestion at TIA, the airline is operating via Manthali airport at Ramechhap. The airline started Ramechhap-Lukla flight from October 6 onwards and are operating daily scheduled flights.
Summit Air owns LET-410 UVPE-20 aircraft in its fleet and operates scheduled flights and charter flights to Surkhet, Nepalgunj, Lukla, Phalpu, Rumjatar, Tumlingtar, Pokhara, Simikot, Jumla, and Bajura and now to Taplejung. It also conducts charter and cargo flights to Juphal Airport, Dolpa.
Previously flight to Taplejung airport was halted due to maintenance work of the airport as well as maintenance of the aircraft of respective airlines.