Nepal | July 06, 2020

Airfare for repatriation flights reduced

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, June 13

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has reduced the airfare for repatriation flights, particularly from labour destinations.

Following widespread criticism over high ticket price for the repatriation flights, the airfare has been slashed by up to 20 per cent. In this regard, the ministry had held a meeting today with officials of Nepal Airlines Corporation and Himalaya Airlines.

According to the ministry, the new rate for Malaysia has been set at $372 per person while the previous airfare was $465 per person. Likewise, airfare for Doha has been reduced to $392 from $490.

Airfare for Dubai has been set at $360 per person, down from $450, while airfare for Saudi Arabia has been brought down to $430 from $530 for Dammam while for Riyadh airfare has been deducted to $465 from $565. Similarly for Jeddah, airfare has been reduced to $590 from $690 per person earlier.

For Oman, MoCTCA has set the airfare at $368 per person a drop from $460, whereas airfare for Bahrain has been reduced to $392 from $490. Similarly, new airfare for Kuwait is $410 per person. Prior to this, airfare for Kuwait was $510 per person.

Meanwhile, airfare to Jordan and Cyprus has been reduced to $675 and $730 respectively, from $775 and $830.

NAC has agreed to provide services at the airfare set by the government, while Himalaya Airlines has asked for additional time from MoCTCA for internal homework.

Starting from June 11 the government has been evacuating Nepalis stranded in several countries due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Earlier, the government had been criticised for exorbitant ticket prices for repatriation flights.

“Addressing the concerns of the public, the government has reduced airfare, especially for destinations where a large number of Nepalis are working,” added the statement issued by MoCTCA today. The government has scheduled 67 flights for repatriation, of which three from Kuwait have already been conducted.

The government has a target to bring a total of 24,148 Nepalis needing urgent rescue from 30 different destinations.

For repatriation, NAC is conducting 24 flights, Himalaya Airlines 19 and other foreign airline companies are conducting 24 flights.

Airfare per passenger: Source: MoCTCA


A version of this article appears in e-paper on June 14, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

PM Oli, Dahal to continue dialogue Monday; Oli sends 'emissary' to meet opp leader Deuba

KATHMANDU: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chairs KP Sharma Oli Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed to take their discussion further, in an effort resolve ongoing intra-party dispute. The two leaders had met for discussion on Sunday for what was expected to be 'decisive' talks. However, no concr Read More...

Ramos penalty again proves the difference as Real win in Bilbao

BILBAO: Sergio Ramos was once again Real Madrid's hero from the penalty spot as his side beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 away from home on Sunday for a seventh consecutive victory which saw them wrap their tentacles ever tighter around the La Liga title. The hard-fought win took Zinedine Zidane's side Read More...

Nepal Tourism Board reveals top five photos from 'Nepal From Your Window' contest

KATHMANDU: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Sunday revealed five photos that made it to the top-five of the 'Nepal From Your Window' photo contest. The five photos will be awarded with cash prize of Rs 10,000 each. Among the 500 approved photos listed in the contest, Samde Sherpa's Kathmandu V Read More...

Newcastle bounce back to draw 2-2 with West Ham

LONDON: Newcastle United twice came back from a goal down as they grabbed a 2-2 Premier League draw with West Ham United on Sunday, robbing the visitors of the chance to put some more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone. Having lost their previous seven away league games, West Read More...

Barca outclass Villarreal after recent disappointments

VILA-REAL: Barcelona responded to a trying week by producing a scintillating display to thrash Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday and stay alive in the Liga title race. The Catalans had drawn their last two matches to hand more momentum to league leaders Real Madrid but Sunday's win took them to Read More...

Messi will finish career at Barca says club president

VILA-REAL: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year. "Messi has said he will end his working and footb Read More...

Oli, Dahal’s bid to save party unity continues

KATHMANDU, JULY 5 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held talks today but failed to end the current deadlock in the party. NCP is deeply divided with the PM refusing to quit prime minister or party co-chair’s post, and the Read More...

Subas Chandra Nembang meets Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba

KATHMANDU: Deputy parliamentary party leader of the NCP Subas Chandra Nembang met Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba at the latter’s residence in Budhanilkantha. NC leader Minendra Rijal was also present in the meeting. Nembang told THT that he met Deuba at the behest of Oli ‘to Read More...