Cosmic Air to resume services from Dec

Kathmandu, November 20:

Cosmic Air, Nepal’s only private airlines which boasts of jet aircrafts, plans to resume its operations in both domestic as well as international sectors from the second week of December.

The airlines, part of the $300 million SOI group, had suspended all its operations from October 15, bang in the middle of the peak tourist season this year.

The formal announcement of the exact date of the resumption of services is likely to come later this week.

Director, sales and marketing, Upendra Karki told THT on Monday, that the airlines was set to return to its business with a refurbished fleet. “We were unable to meet our earlier deadline of resuming operations in November itself due to maintenance miscalculations,” conceded the director. Cosmic will open bookings once the exact date is announced on November 25, he informed.

Touted as the cheapest airlines, Cosmic reportedly went off the skies as the economies of scale became unfavourable in the light of declining tourist arrivals from India even as the official reason cited was need for maintenance. Moreover the cost of operating jet aircrafts proved to be more burdensome than favourable.

However, this time around the airlines appears to be better prepared not just with refurbished aircrafts and better market understanding, but with a revised fare structure as well. Unlike the earlier multiple pricing strategy which offered options of prepaid, apex, promotional, excursion and normal fares, this time there will be only two kinds of fares: regular and easy fare. “Even then, we will be cheaper than any other airlines,” maintained Karki.

The airlines will initially press one of its Fokker aircrafts into service to ply in lucrative sectors like Delhi and Nepalgunj and Biratnagar on the domestic front. The second aircraft is likely to start flying from end of January.

Cosmic plans to resume flying to Bangladesh once the second aircraft is also in service. Till then, it will operate daily flights to Delhi, thrice-a-week flights to Kolkata and Varanasi along with daily flights to Nepalgunj and Biratnagar.

Plans to launch flights to additional Indian destinations like Patna, Lucknow, Bagdogra and Dehradun are also in the offing. “I don’t know about other destinations, but we’re very sure about getting heavy traffic from Bagdogra which is the nearest point for people travelling from Darjeeling, Sikkim and Siliguri,” said Karki. The decision on these additional sectors will come about in the next three months.

Cosmic Air’s decision to resume operations in the traditional sector is sure to boost tourist arrivals from India which have declined in the last few months.

Revival plans:

• Cosmic to resume daily flights to Delhi. Thrice a week to Kolkata and Varanasi.

• Daily flights to Biratnagar and Nepalgunj.

• Revised fare structure to have only two kinds of fares as against five earlier.

• Flights to Bangladesh to resume from January-end.

• Plans to launch flights to Patna, Lucknow, Bagdogra and Dehradun.