Nepal | January 18, 2021

Domestic flights from tomorrow in Nepal

Not just to hilly, mountainous regions, but to all destinations

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:


The government has decided to allow domestic airlines to operate flights to all destinations across the country from Thursday.

Even though the government had announced that resumption of domestic flights would commence from the hilly and mountainous regions that had been less affected due to the COVID crisis, a meeting held today at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal decided to open all destinations for domestic airlines.

The meeting held today was attended by CAAN officials and domestic airline operators.

“Considering the public demand, the meeting has decided to open all the destinations for domestic sector. Now, it depends on the airline companies which destinations they want to fly,” said Raj Kumar Chhetri, spokesperson for CAAN.

According to him, airlines have been requested to begin submitting their applications for the desired destinations and CAAN will issue permission for flight operation.

However, airline operators can operate only 30 per cent of their earlier slots. CAAN has requested airline operators to prepare their schedules accordingly, he added. “CAAN has completed all necessary preparations from its side for domestic flights to resume. All the health safety protocols will be implemented,” he said.

Pradip Gyawali, the spokesperson for the government, announced today that domestic flight operation would resume from September 17. The resumption date has been advanced from September 21 decided in the Cabinet meeting held yesterday. Based on the earlier decision, airline companies had also issued a notice to passengers for flight booking.

Issuing a notice today, Yeti Airlines announced ticket booking for flights scheduled for September 17. Buddha Air, on the other hand, has issued a notice stating they will soon publish a new schedule, while Shree Airlines will open bookings from Wednesday.

Earlier, the government had announced it would allow resumption of both domestic and international flights from September 1. However, it allowed resumption of only international flights on the given date and that too by limiting the number of flights while extending suspension of domestic flights till September 15. After that Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai had said that the government was planning to extend suspension of flights by another 15 days. He had also said that in the initial phase of flight resumption, only a few destinations would be open.

Gyawali also announced today that expedition activities would commence from October 17.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on September 16, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

PM slams Dahal-Nepal faction’s ‘lie’

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 16 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli slammed the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) faction led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar for spreading the rumour that he had met four justices of the Supreme Court. Addressing a gathering of his faction’s Province 1 chapter cadres in Kath Read More...

COVID vaccine supply, border issues discussed during FM's India visit

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 16 Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who returned from his three-day India visit today, said that he sought supply of COVID-19 vaccines for essential sectors and India had kept Nepal on priority for supplying the vaccines. Talking to mediapersons upon arrival at Tribhu Read More...

NC stages demonstration in all local levels

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 16 The main opposition Nepali Congress today held demonstrations in all 753 local levels across the country against the government’s December 20 move to dissolve the House of Representative. Majority of senior leaders of the NC flayed the government for dissolving the Hous Read More...

Mount strikes as Chelsea edge 10-man Fulham

LONDON: A late goal from Mason Mount gave Chelsea a laboured 1-0 win at 10-man Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, easing some of the pressure off their manager Frank Lampard. The result provisionally lifted Chelsea two places up to seventh on 29 points from 18 games, with South Read More...

Nepali Congress senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel

HoR dissolution anti-national, says NC leader Paudel

CHITWAN, JANUARY 16 Senior Nepali Congress leader Ramchandra Paudel today said that dissolution of the House of Representatives was a step against the nation and nationality. Addressing a mass meeting organised by Nepali Congress Bharatpur Metropolitan Committee in Bharatpur, Paudel said that Read More...

CM Raut casts doubt over apex court’s role

RAJBIRAJ, JANUARY 16 Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut today said though the Supreme Court verdict should be acceptable, circumstances in which the Parliament was dissolved were suspicious. Addressing the 10th General Assembly of Saptari chapter of Federation of Nepali Journalists at Bana Read More...

Home Minister Thapa defends dissolution of Parliament

DHANKUTA, JANUARY 16 Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa said that dissolution of the Parliament was an imperative for the sake of political stability. Addressing a district-level meeting of party cadres in Dhankuta today, the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader claimed that the prime minster h Read More...

Security tightened at border points in Banke

NEPALGUNJ, JANUARY 16 District Administration Office, Banke, has tightened security to prevent the possible spread of bird flu in Banke. The DAO took the decision after bird flu was found in different states of India. The DAO has banned import of birds and poultry-related items from India. Read More...