Many people who want to travel to the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal for the important Hindu festivals of Dashain and Tihar are finding it difficult to find flight tickets at reasonable prices. Because air travel is the only means of transportation connecting Humla and other nearby districts to other districts throughout the country during the festival season, it is difficult for individuals to purchase airline tickets during this time of year.
Many people who work in Humla have expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that they have been unable to purchase a ticket during this time period. Many people have been waiting up at the Simikot Airport since the wee hours of the morning to travel for Nepalgunj and Surkhet, making buying a ticket out of Humla one of the most tough problems.
Private aircraft companies such as Sita, Tara, and Summit have reduced the frequency of their flights to Nepalgunj and Surkhet during the festive season, which has contributed significantly to the situation. In past years, private airlines operated 15 flights each day between Nepalgunj and Surkhet, bringing the total number of flights to 30. The number of flights has been cut to one or two per day on average, with the exception of weekends. Consequently, there has been a scarcity of aircraft tickets in recent years.
In addition, the enormous number of people arriving at Simikot Airport to purchase tickets is a contributing element to the difficulty individuals have in obtaining a ticket, according to the airport, because so many people leave the region during the festival season, according to Simikot Airport.