KATHMANDU, August 24: Budhha Air has announced to recommence a daily flight service from Pokhara to Bharatpur from September 15 after a gap of several years. Talking to Republica, Binita Thapa, marketing manager of Buddha Air, informed that they have started daily flights between the two tourist cities considering the flow of tourists. These flights will benefit the passengers who have no option other than making a cumbersome journey via Narayanghat-Mugling road section, which is in bad condition due to road expansion.
The proposed flight service is believed to ease the difficulties of the passengers posed by the under construction Narayanghat-Mugling road section which gets occasionally blocked, according to a press statement issued on Wednesday by Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN).
HAN took the initiative to connect the two cities by direct flights to address the problems faced by tourists for the last couple of years. HAN also expects more tourists in both cities after the resumption of the direct flights.
Hoteliers are hopeful of an increase in the tourist flow in Chitwan and Bharatpur after witnessing a period of few tourists due to the earthquake, fuel crisis, blockade and the recent flood which inundated hotels in Sauraha, Chitwan.
“We have started this service as per the requirement and we are hopeful to continue this service in the future too,” said Thapa, who said it's too early to predict additional flights.
HAN Spokesperson Vinayak Shah said that the flight has been planned for a long-term basis and other private airlines are also interested to begin flight service on the same route. “Few other airlines have also shown interest in this route. However, they have said they will decide after analyzing the market response to Buddha Air flights,” added Shah.
Issuing a press statement, HAN further said that it is planning to announce a special package for tourists in cooperation with hotels, resorts of Sauraha and private airlines companies. HAN also said that hoteliers are preparing for attractive services for tourists, added the statement.