KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 25
After about nearly six months, the government allowed the resumption of long-distance public vehicles and domestic flights from September 17 and 21, respectively. And since these services have resumed, airline operators are in a rush to carry air travellers while long-distance public vehicles are still waiting for passengers.
The domestic airline companies are currently operating flights with almost 90 to 95 per cent occupancy. They have even started taking bookings for the festive season.
“Even though there is still an uncertainty regarding another lockdown or other restrictions among passengers, the bookings for the festive season are very satisfying,” said Anil Manandhar, corporate manager of Shree Airlines. Among the nine destinations, Shree Airlines is currently operating flights to Nepalgunj and Dhangadi only.
“In the initial phase we decided to operate flights to only a limited number of destinations and we will decide on the other destinations after looking at the passenger flow,” he said. “As we are getting good flow of passengers and bookings, we are preparing to release our schedule for other destinations after October 1,” he added.
The government has set a specific schedule for domestic destinations as per the need of airline operators for the first nine days since the resumption of flight operations.
Meanwhile, Buddha Air has been operating 17 flights a day and all the flights have had 95 per cent occupancy, said Binita Thapa, marketing manager of the company.
“Seat occupancy in all destinations has been very satisfying in the last four days,” she said, adding, “We have also started accepting booking for the festive season to all our destinations.”
“In fact, all flights to Tumlingtar for the festive season have already been fully booked,” said Thapa. At present, Buddha Air is flying to 13 destinations.
Similarly, Yeti Airlines has also been operating 1