KATHMANDU, July 1: The domestic flights at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) have resumed from today.
According to Pratap Babu Tiwari, General Manager at the TIA, 10 domestic flights have already taken place this morning. “Currently, the visibility is 3 kilometers,” he said.
As per the flights schedule for Thursday, Buddha Air has 31 flights, Yeti Airlines 15, Shree Airlines seven flights, Saurya Airlines three and Summit Air two flights. One flight will be carried out by Tara Air on Thursday.
Regular domestic flights were suspended from May 3. As per the decision of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to start regular domestic flights from Thursday, air services to various destinations in the country have resumed.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), it has been decided to operate 64 domestic flights daily. The authority has allowed 15 daily flights to Yeti Airlines, 31 to Buddha Air, seven to Shree Air, three to Saurya Air, two to Nepal Airlines, two to Tara Air, two to Summit Air and two to Sita Air. The government has opened the way for domestic flights with the condition to not exceed 50 percent of the total flights. The current flight is targeted to the trunk routes.
There used to be around 300 flights to and from the TIA daily. But in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the authority has stated that only 64 daily flights will be allowed for now.
Similarly, the CAAN has permitted Lanmei Airlines and Himalaya Airlines to carry out special flights to Cambodia and China. Both flights are cargo flights. The authority has planned to carry out 21 international flights to nine different countries in July alone. With this, Nepal will be resuming international flights to India, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arab, Kuwait, Omen, Malaysia and Japan.