Kathmandu, August 3
The government’s decision to resume domestic and international flights from August 17 has prompted airline companies to start submitting their proposals to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, seeking permission for flight operations.
According to Raj Kumar Chhetri, spokesperson for CAAN, a total of 12 airline companies, including two Nepali airlines, have submitted proposals for slots.
“Generally, airline companies have to resubmit their proposal for slots if flight operations are halted for more than 60 days,” he said, “Hence, international companies are applying to get their slots to resume flight operations from and to Nepal.”
Chhetri added that besides Nepal Airlines Corporation and Himalaya Airlines, Indigo Air of India, Air China and China Southern of China, SalamAir of Oman, Jazeera Airways of Kuwait, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia of the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia Air and Malindo Air of Malaysia and Turkish Airlines of Turkey have so far submitted their applications to CAAN, seeking slots.
According to him, Malindo Air has submitted an application to operate 15 flights a week, Malaysia Air and Air Arabia have sought permission for five flights a week, Fly Dubai, SalamAir and Indigo have applied for seven flights a week, Turkish Air has sought permission for six flights a week, Jazeera Airways has applied for two flights a week, while Air China and China Southern wish to fly once a week to Nepal.
NAC, on the other hand, has