KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC), the national flag carrier, is gearing up to launch direct flights to three new international destinations - Sydney in Australia, Colombo in Sri Lanka, and Seoul in South Korea. Ubaraj Adhikari, the executive chairman of the NAC, announced that a comprehensive action plan has been formulated to initiate flights to these cities in the near future.
During a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony involving four different organizations, including the NAC and a private sector umbrella organization, Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC), Adhikari revealed that despite various pressures and influences, the NAC is committed to expanding its flight network to include Sydney, among other destinations.
Adhikari emphasized the NAC's dedicated efforts in preparing for the Sydney route and expressed confidence in overcoming any obstacles posed by syndicated groups. He reiterated the NAC's determination to achieve its goals amid challenges.
The NAC is actively working on expanding its international flight network and increasing the frequency of flights to the existing destinations. Adhikari mentioned that the NAC is considering aircraft purchases to support this expansion and ensure effective service, even through leasing arrangements.
Highlighting the NAC's role in attracting foreign tourists to Nepal, Adhikari stressed the importance of government attention to enhance the Corporation's operational efficiency.
In line with the national responsibilities of the NAC, Adhikari expressed optimism about the ongoing process to acquire three Twin Otter aircraft for serving remote areas, stating that this effort will yield positive results. Tanka Nidhi Dahal, director of the Commercial Department at the NAC, also shared plans to expand the airline’s flight network by adding more aircraft to its fleet.