KATHMANDU, July 24: Himalaya Airlines is set to operate two repatriation flights to Kunming, China on July 31.
Issuing a statement on Friday, the company said that it is carrying out the flights to bring back Nepalis who are stranded in Kunming, China due to the COVID_19 pandemic in line with the government’s permission and authorization. Two aircraft will be sent to China to bring Nepalis who want to come back to Nepal. “The passengers will be allowed to bring 30 kg check-in baggage and seven kg hand carry,” according to the statement. The Nepal-China joint venture has set US dollar 445 as the airfare for the respective flights.
Meanwhile, the airline company will operate the flights only if the aircraft has 85 percent occupancy. All passengers are required to present proof that their PCR or RDT test is negative at the time of the booking. The passengers will have to mandatorily stay in quarantine upon arrival as per the rules enforced by the Nepal government. The airline has evacuated Nepalis stranded abroad since the government announced the guidelines to bring back Nepalis wanting to come back home. COVID-19 has left many Nepali migrant workers jobless. Though the government has been repatriating Nepalis through special charter flights, the country is resuming its regular aviation service - both domestic and international flights - starting August 17.
The government had suspended all domestic and international flight movements on March 22 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.