The Government of Nepal has opened domestic flights, but this has made high fares which makes the passengers obliged to buy in high fare.
With the opening of flights at only 50 percent capacity, the fare to Kathmandu has skyrocketed. At present, passenger occupancy is 80 percent on flights from Kathmandu and 95 percent on flights entering Kathmandu. Passengers entering Kathmandu have to pay high fares.
Airlines have made ticket prices expensive due to various expenses. From the domestic operator’s published rates, it seems that the Dhangadhi-Kathmandu beginning ticket has increased to Rs 9,400.
The government is now preparing to open flights at full capacity after passengers complained of limited flights and high fares. The CAA and the Tribhuvan International Airport office officials have assessed the issue and laid the groundwork for a decision.
Airlines decision to make flight fare high
Despite the sales demand, Buddha Air has offered just a limited number of flights as of now. The demand for passengers is high following highway blockades. But the number of flights is limited. Buddha Air has been operating 39 daily flights to various destinations.
Yeti Airlines has said that it cannot sustain the minimum price due to the strong demand for one-way flights. The airlines’ spokesperson said it is challenging to implement cheaper fares due to the increase in fuel surcharge.
“Currently, there is a lot of demand for passengers. Due to road blockades the number of flights is limited,” he said. ‘With fewer flights, operating costs are higher. Therefore, the service as per the demand has not been completed, ‘he added. He said that the company’s occupancy rate is 80 percent. Yeti Airlines is operating 16 daily flights from Kathmandu.
The airline operators have said that the fare will return to normal after the regular flights become comfortable.
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