Only a few international airlines have shown interest in starting flights following the government’s decision to open flights from August 17.
Twelve International airlines have already applied to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) after the notice has been released by CAAN to notify airlines intending to fly once the specified procedure has been followed after the flight start decision.
Twelve airlines have so far submitted a request to CAAN for flying to eighteen destinations according to CAAN spokesperson Raj Kumar Chhetri.
Turkish Airlines will operate one flight a week from Istanbul to Kathmandu, Salaam Air has seven flights a week from Muscat, Oman to Kathmandu, Indigo has seven flights a week from New Delhi to Kathmandu, China Southern has one flight a week from Guangzhou to Kathmandu, Air China has one flight a week from Chengdu to Kathmandu, Jazira Airways has two flights a week.
Flydubai has scheduled seven flights a week from Dubai. Himalaya Airlines will operate one flight per week to Chongqing, five flights to Doha, four flights to Abu Dhabi, seven flights to Sharjah, and four flights to Kuala Lumpur.
Likewise, Nepal Airlines will operate fourteen flights a week to New Delhi, three to Bangalore, seven to Mumbai, three to Guangzhou, seven to Dubai, seven to Doha, seven to Kuala Lumpur, three to Narita, three to Bangkok, and three to Hong Kong.
Malaysian Airlines plans to conduct five flights a week from Kuala Lumpur and Malindo Air forwarded fourteen requests to CAAN for flights. Likewise, Air Arabia has announced that it will operate seven flights per week from Abu Dhabi and twenty-eight from Sharjah.
All flights were suspended in the Nepali sky, apart from special charter flights, since a lockdown throughout the country was imposed on March 24th. On March 20, the government barred all passengers from entering the country including Nepalis.
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