KATHMANDU, March 26: A total of 16 foreign tourists who have left stranded due to lockdown enforced to contain COVID-19 have been rescued from Lukla Airport on Thursday.
Earlier, Tara Air's Twin Otter had flown to Lukla from TIA to rescue the tourists including 6 French nationals. They have been kept at a hotel nearby TIA.
A day after the government took a decision to rescue and send the tourists back to their home country, the chartered plane was sent today to pick those stranded tourists due to lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Similarly, a chartered plane of Buddha air is flying to Pokhara to rescue 47 French nationals, sources said.