Yeti Airlines successfully conducted a test flight on the Kathmandu-Varanasi-Kathmandu route on Wednesday. The test flight was flown by Senior Pilots Ramod Kumar Shrestha and Pramod Poudel.

This is a part of the airline company's international flight plan to connect the under-construction regional airport with the nearest international destination. Yeti had submitted an application to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) a few months ago for the test flight.

As per the airline, Yeti is in the final phase of receiving permission from the CAAN for international flights. After submitting the flight report, Yeti will get air operator's certificate (AOC) for international flights.

Subsequently, the number of international airlines registered in Nepal will reach five. At present, Nepal Airlines, Himalayan Airlines, Buddha Air and Shree Airlines have received the AOC for international flights. According to the company, Yeti is planning to buy two ATR-72s by 2021.

The company also plans to conduct chartered or non-scheduled flights to South East and South Asian countries.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 26, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.