KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 10
The government is preparing to extend the suspension of domestic flights, ignoring requests of the private sector and public demand.
Considering the critical situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the government is holding discussions to extend the suspension of domestic flights, revealed Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai.
“The government is aware of the situation of the tourism industry and wishes to express its gratitude to tourism stakeholders for their patience,” he said, adding, “However, human life is above all. To save lives sometimes we have to take harsh decisions and that’s what the government is doing.”
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has submitted a proposal to the Cabinet to extend the suspension of domestic flights.
“We have proposed to the Cabinet to extend the suspension of domestic flights till October 1,”
Earlier, the government had announced it would allow resumption of both domestic and international flights from September 1.
However, it allowed resumption of only international flights and that too with a limited schedule while suspending the operation of domestic flights till September 15. Now the government is planning to extend the restriction by another 15 days.
Bhattarai said during the 15 days of extended suspension, the government would prepare a schedule for domestic flight operations.
“In the initial phase, we will prioritise destinations that have faced less impact of coronavirus an