13 December 2020, Kathamndu
The Kathmandu-Delhi flight is resuming following the nine-month-long suspension owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Two daily flights each will be operated on the route from December 17.
The Indian airlines company has opened booking for Kathmandu from Sunday.
According to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Deputy Director Raj Kumar Chhetri, booking has opened to operate two flights a day for the Kathmandu-Delhi destination.
Governments of Nepal and India have decided to resume the operation of regular flight along the Kathmandu-New Delhi destination under the ‘Air Transport Bubble Mechanism.’
Nepal’s national flag-carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) and India’s Air India will fly on the route.
The flights were suspended since March 23 with the government of Nepal’s decision to impose nationwide lockdown to stem the coronavirus spread.
Though the government had resumed the international flight schedule from September 1, flights to three Indian destinations: New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore were not opened due to high infections rate in India.
A meeting of the Cabinet on November 25 had agreed to accept the ‘Air Bubble Model’ proposed by India.
As the CAAN said, Nepal has now opened flights to all international destinations. As of today, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Thailand have not resumed flights to Nepal.
A total of 29 airlines companies including three domestic ones make flights to 16 countries from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).