The suspension of flights came on March 22 to limit the occurrence of the Covid-19 pandemic in the nation, and during these months only chartered flights were allowed for humanitarian purposes or delivery of medical goods.
12-Airlines seek permission to restart flights from the government of Nepal
The government of Nepal decision to restart domestic and international flights as of August 17 prompted airline companies to begin sending their proposals requesting permission to resume operations, it was declared.
According to CAAN spokesman Raj Kumar Chhetri, a total of 12 commercial airlines, including two Nepali airlines, submitted slot proposals.
Chhetri added that besides Nepal Airlines Corporation and Himalaya Airlines, others are India’s Indigo Air, China’s Air China and China Southern, Oman’s Salam Air, Kuwait’s Jazeera Air, Fly Dubai of the United Arab Emirates, Malaysian Air, Malindo Air, Air Arabia and Turkey’s Turkish Air have applied for the permission for regular flights.
Before the pandemic affected, about 100 international flights were operated daily via Tribhuvan International Airport.
Malindo Air applied for 15 flights a week, Malaysia Air and Air Arabia requested permission for five flights a week, Fly Dubai, SalamAir and Indigo applied for seven flights a week, Turkish Air sought permission for six flights a week, Jazeera Airways applied for two flights a week, while Air China and China Southern decided to fly once a week, according to chhetri.
On the other hand, NAC applied for 54 weekly flights to five destinations and Himalaya Airlines requested permission to operate 21 weekly flights to five destinations.