Talks on launching int'l flights between Pokhara and Chinese cities will take place during PM Dahal's China visit: Minister Kirati

Published On: September 23, 2023 06:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KASKI, Sept 23: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sudan Kirati said discussions would be held on regular operation of flights between Pokhara International Airport and Chinese cities during high-level meetings in China.

Talking to journalists in Pokhara on Saturday, Minister Kirati shared that during the ongoing visit of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to China, there will be discussions with the Chinese side on the issue of starting regular flights from various Chinese cities to Pokhara International Airport.

It may be noted that PM Dahal reached China on Saturday from New York for a week-long official visit to the People's Republic of China.

According to the Minister, the chartered flights from Pokhara International Airport to China and Bhutan in the recent past have given a message of commercial operation of the airport. He said that discussions were being held with India regarding regular operation of flights to the airport.

He said that the government is planning to operate Bhairahawa International Airport and Pokhara International Airport in a private public partnership modality.

On a different note, Minister Kirati, assessing his performance in the last seven months, said the works accomplished so far were satisfactory. The works undertaken during his seven-month stint include procurement process of narrow-body aircrafts for air service operation, provision of free cremation at Pashupati Aryaghat and final attempt to remove Nepal's sky from the blacklist of the European Union.



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