KATHMANDU, June 8: The Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has slashed the airfare following reduction in the price of aviation fuel.
AOAN, the umbrella organisation of airline operators in the country, has decreased the airfare after the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) sent a letter to it on Sunday for implementing the decision related to adjusting the airfare commensurate with the fuel price.
AOAN stated in a press release that a new 'fuel charge' has been maintained in the airfare in keeping with the government's decision of implementing the price in accordance with the automated system to the extent of decrease in the price of aviation fuel.
With this, the new air fare for a mountain flight from Kathmandu is Rs 2,230 per person. This is the fare after reducing Rs 860 from the earlier mountain flight air fare.
Similarly, the air fare on Kathmandu-Bhadrapur route has been decreased by Rs 750 to Rs 1,950 and the air fare on Kathmandu-Biratnagar route has been reduced by Rs 600 and maintained at Rs 1,550.
The airfare on the Kathmandu-Pokhara route has been reduced by Rs 270 and maintained at Rs 695. Similarly, the airfare on the Kathmandu-Dhangadhi route has been decreased by Rs 1,105 and fixed at 2,870 and that on the Kathmandu-Nepalgunj route has been lessened by Rs 815 and maintained at Rs 2,115. The lowest air fare is on Kathmandu-Simara route and the highest is on Kathmandu-Dhangadhi route. The fare on Kathmandu-Simara route is Rs 558, AOAN General Secretary Yograj Kandel Sharma said.
The international and domestic flights are suspended till June 30 and the airline operators are preparing to operate flights from July 1.
The government has enforced a lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic since March 24. All the international flights operating from the country remain suspended since March 22. The domestic flights in the country were suspended from March 24.