Kathmandu, April 12
Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-China joint venture airline, launched its first commercial flight with a direct flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka, today.
The flight was planned considering the special occasion of celebrating Nepali New Year 2073 BS, as per a media release.
The programme of launching the flight service was jointly inaugurated by Chinese Ambassador Wu Chuntai, Sri Lankan Ambassador W M Senevirathna and Cheng Yiru, chairman of Tibet Airlines.
The airlines intends to help promote tourism between Nepal and Sri Lanka and enhance people-to-people contact
between the two countries. Carrying the passengers to Colombo, the new Airbus 320-214 took off from the Tribhuvan International Airport today at 9:05am local time.
The airline had offered a round trip fare of Rs 55,000 for business class and Rs 35,000 for economy class.
A version of this article appears in print on April 13, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.