Airline of Nepalthe himalayan flag bearer of the country, urged civil society aviation the authority to drop its unilateral decision to reduce the number of flights on the lucrative Kathmandu-Delhi sector from 14 to 10 per week in order not to use the new Gautam Buddha International Airport.
In a statement Tuesday, Nepal Airlines Company (DACs) said his income had been cut and he had to bear the additional cost of re-routing passengers after the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has reduced the number of flights to Delhi from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal’s premier international airport here.
The authority reduced the number of flights to Delhi from TIA to 10 from 14 per week from October 30. Gautam Buddha International Airport is located 300 km west of Kathmandu, the country’s capital.
The reduction of four flights per week during the high season has caused a weekly loss of around 90.5 million rupees to the national airline, The Himalayan Times newspaper reported, citing an NAC official. “We had operated two Kathmandu-Delhi flights a day at nearly full occupancy, which was one of the main sources of income for NAC,” the official said.
The official called the aviation authority’s decision to cut NAC’s historic slots in the Kathmandu-Delhi sector a “strong and unilateral decision”, according to the report.
In order to reduce air traffic at TIA and for efficient use of Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA), Nepal’s second international airport, CAAN has reduced the number of Nepal Airlines flights in the Kathmandu-Delhi sector to 10 per week from 14 earlier since October 30.
CAAN Information Officer Gyanendra Bhulhowever, said the authority was forced to curtail the flights from NAC to Delhi as the company was slow to operate the flights from GBIA, according to the report.
“We are applying to CAAN for permission to operate four additional flights to connect Delhi,” said Archana KhadkaNepal Airlines spokesperson.
Flights in the Kathmandu-Delhi sector are important for Nepalese seeking medical care and students pursuing higher education in India, as well as for promoting business and connecting with third countries, she pointed out. .
According to the schedule, Nepal Airlines will fly four times a week from Kathmandu to Delhi and from Delhi to Kathmandu via Gautam Buddha International Airport, she added.