The Govt. of Nepal has finally decided to resume domestic and international flight operations with some Covid-19 restrictions in place.
After remaining closed for few months the Himalayan Nation is now planning to reopen the country to some international destinations and at the same time gradually resume the operation of domestic flights.
A cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister decided that domestic flights will be allowed to operate with 50 percent seat occupancy to help contain the possible spread of COVID-19, while international flights will be operated as per the safety protocol developed earlier by the government.
“We will hold consultation with the stakeholders and prepare the number of flights each airline company can operate in consultation with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. It will be finalized very soon and a meeting has been called for Wednesday,” said Rajan Pokhrel, Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
The Nepal Govt has also decided to resume regular international flights to and from Kathmandu in limited destinations.
With the new decisions in place, Nepal Airlines and Qatar Airways will be allowed to operate two flights each a week in the Kathmandu-Doha sector.
Similarly, the government has decided to allow four flights a week in the Kathmandu-Doha sector, Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur sector, two flights a week in the Kathmandu-Istanbul sector, Kathmandu-Dammam and Kathmandu-Kuwait sectors.
Among other sectors, the government has allowed operating one flight a week in Kathmandu-Muscat, Kathmandu- Seoul, Kathmandu-Japan, Kathmandu-Chengdu, and Kathmandu-Guangzhou sectors.
Nepal has halted all domestic flights from midnight of May 3, and all international flights from midnight of May 6 except for two weekly flights on the Kathmandu-Delhi sector.
(With Inputs From ANI)