KATHMANDU, June 29: As per the repatriation guidelines, 607 stranded Nepalis returned home in four repatriation flights conducted on Monday.
According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), Himalaya Airlines and Jazeera Airlines brought Nepalis from four destinations. Two NAC flights from Doha, Qatar and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia carried 151 and 139 passengers back home while 157 and 160 passengers were brought by Himalaya Airlines and Jazeera Airlines from Malaysia and Kuwait, respectively.
Four NAC aircraft and one Himalaya Airlines’ aircraft are bound to leave Nepal for destinations like Kuwait, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Doha and Dammam today, according to TIA. Similarly, 12 international flights will be conducted on Tuesday to repatriate vulnerable Nepalis stranded abroad due to COVID-19.
Different international airlines have been operating repatriation flights to carry stranded Nepalis home from their employing countries. Nepal is bringing its citizens directly affected by COVID-19 and those going through a difficult phase are being brought on a priority basis.
All the passengers who book the tickets to travel back to Nepal are required to produce a negative RDT or PCR test report before boarding the plane. Nepal-based international airlines have stated that the flights will be carried out only if the occupancy rate crosses 85 percent.