September 22, 2021, Wednesday
Nepal 1:37:26 pm

Airline companies to ramp up flights for festive season

The Nepal Weekly
September 14, 2021

The Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) has said informed that a hassle-free flight service would be provided to the passengers during the festive season this year.

“As Dashain, Tihar and Chhath are approaching the corner, the TIA and Airlines Operators Association Nepal (AOAN) are planning to add more number flights to ensure that the passengers easily get tickets to fly to their homes,” according to Pratap Bahadur Tiwari, managing director at the TIA.

Following a slight decrease in COVID-19 cases, the TIA has increased the daily flight operations. Currently, 107 aircraft take off and land in the Kathmandu airport on daily basis.

“As the daily number of infections is decreasing, we are mplanning to increase the number of flights during Dashain and manage easy access to flight tickets for all the passengers,” said Tiwari.

Previously, the airport used to operate up to 300 domestic flights every day.

Currently, 38 airplanes of nine airline companies and 33 choppers of 10 helicopter companies are providing domestic flight services in the countries. Similarly, Shree Airlines is adding two aircraft and Guna Airlines is adding seven aircraft soon.

By increasing flight operations, the AOAN is also introducing schemes to provide flight services at a fair price to the passengers.

“As the ATR-72 aircraft has reached all urban areas across the nation, the passengers will not have to face scarcity of flight tickets this festive season,” said Sudarsan Bartaula, spokesperson at Yeti Airlines.  

“We are planning to add more flights and provide discounts during Dashain and Tihar,” said Dipendra Karn, communications manager of Buddha Air. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, in comparison to 2019, the number of passengers taking domestic flights has decreased by 59.46 per cent and those taking international flights by 73.27 per cent in 2020, according to CAAN.