Nepal | July 08, 2020

Himalaya to suspend China flights from February 7

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, January 29

Himalaya Airlines has announced it is suspending all direct flights to and from China from February 7 due to the growing impact of coronavirus in the northern neighbour.

In the wake of the recent novel coronavirus outbreak, Himalaya Airlines claimed that it has already introduced precautionary measures on its flights to contain the Wuhan pneumonia/coronavirus epidemic.

Stepping up the precautionary measures, the company has now decided to suspend flights on Nepal-China sector until further notice, informed Ujjawala Dali, head of the Department of Brand and Service Improvement.

“Flight bookings of Changsha and Guiyang airports have already been cleared, so we have cancelled flights to these destinations since last week,” said. She, however, said that five flights — three to Beijing and two to Chongqing — have to be operated at any cost as the occupancy is full.

As per Dali, the last flight to Beijing will take off from Tribhuvan International Airport on February 7, while last flight to Chongqing will be on February 6.

The flights will be suspended at least until March 28.

“If the condition comes under control in China, we may resume the flights before March 28 as well,” she said, “Otherwise, we will publish another notice regarding resumption of our flight operations to China.”

As per the notice published today, passengers can apply for free ticket alteration and cancellation on all the flights to and from China. Passengers have to contact the original ticket purchase channel and need to avail the waiver of the fees within the validity period of the ticket.

Himalaya is the first Nepali airline company to operate direct flights to China.

After switching the Chinese ownership of the company from Tibet Airlines to Tibet Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company, the Himalaya Airlines had started operating flights to China.

The company had introduced its first flight to Beijing on October 27 last year.

Likewise, the airline company inaugurated services to Guiyang and Changsha from November 19 and 20 last year. Meanwhile, flights to Chongqing were introduced from January 23.

A version of this article appears in print on January 30, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:


Have you considered UK for future studies? You might, with the new Graduate Route provision

KATHMANDU: The United Kingdom government has announced -- a good news for international students -- that those willing to work in the UK post their graduation will be able to do so under the new graduate programme. The UK-based international students who hold a valid Tier 4 visa will be able to b Read More...

India surpasses Russia becoming third worst COVID-19-hit country

KATHMANDU: India has become the third worst-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing Russia in total number of confirmed cases of the disease. In the last 24 hours, India has reported 22,252 fresh cases and 467 coronavirus fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry of India. The c Read More...

Brazil President Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

SAO PAULO: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding in a television interview that he was in good health despite running a fever. The right-wing populist, who has played down the severity of the virus which he has called a "l Read More...

Chelsea close in on Champions League spot with 3-2 win at Palace

LONDON: Chelsea kept up their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and Champions League football next season with a 3-2 victory at London rivals Crystal Palace on Tuesday thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham. The visitors took a two-goal lead i Read More...

Singh Durbar

New nuke law stipulates plan for disaster management

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 The Radioactive Materials Use and Regulation Act, 2020, recently authenticated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, requires the Government of Nepal to develop and implement a disaster preparedness and management plan at the national level to prevent and manage any disastrous impa Read More...

Furdiki Sherpa and Nima Doma Sherpa

Hit hard by pandemic, Sherpa widows face uphill battle

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 After conquering Mount Everest and shattering taboos, two Nepali Sherpa widows face a new challenge, the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down all climbing and trekking activities rendering them jobless. Nima Doma Sherpa and Furdiki Sherpa made global headlines when t Read More...

Jewellery store burglary racket busted

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 Police have busted a racket of thieves, who were allegedly involved in burgling jewellery stores in Kathmandu valley, under the guise of scrap collectors. Those taken into custody for legal action have been identified as Ganga Bahadur Tamang aka Sumit, 37, and Junga Bahadur M Read More...