KATHMANDU, May 2: The government has decided to suspend both domestic and international flights in order to curb further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
A cabinet meeting held on Sunday evening made a decision to suspend domestic flights from Monday night and international flights from Wednesday midnight as per the recommendations made by the Central COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC). The flights will remain suspended until May 14, according to Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Kumar Gyawali.
The government, however, has decided to grant permission to operate chartered flights of both domestic and international airlines even during the suspension period. Earlier on Sunday, the government had decided to reduce the number of domestic flights keeping in view of the sharp spike in the COVID-19 cases.
The government has already suspended long-haul public transport to contain the spread of the COVID-19. The decision of the government to suspend domestic and international flights comes at a time when public transport operators were threatening to resume their services if domestic airlines are allowed to continue their flights.