Kathmandu, June 15 :

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, air operators and MPs of Karnali zone, in a meeting held recently, agreed to work for quality air service in the far-flung areas.

Now on, the airlines operating flights in remote areas would not charge more than the stipulated amount to passengers for extra baggage and cargos, said a source at the Tourism Ministry. “Airlines had been accused of charging more money for cargos and extra baggage,” he said.

It was decided in the meeting that airlines would ferry food items at reasonable prices to different parts of the country, including remote areas.

It also pointed out the need to maintain helipads and surroundings by the locals in the remote areas to ensure safe landing of fixed wing airplanes and helicopters, he said, adding that students flying to remote areas would be given concessions. The need to address the “system of charging excessive amount to air passengers — the syndicate system — was also discussed in the meeting,” he said.