KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 4
The government and the national flag carrier have been left red-faced as Hong Kong today imposed a 14-day ban on flights of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to the special administrative region of China for the fourth time.
Stating that the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results from private laboratories carried by passengers boarding NAC flights to Hong Kong were faulty, the national flag carrier had earlier announced that only tests conducted in government labs would be accepted.
However, as even the results from the government labs have been found to be inaccurate, Hong Kong has banned NAC’s flights.
According to NAC Spokesperson Karishma Shrestha, five passengers who had departed for Hong Kong on NAC’s flight on Monday had tested positive for the COV- ID-19 infection. Even more embarrassingly, the national flag carrier had resumed its flight to Hong Kong that very day after a third two-week ban. With the fourth ban, the national flag carrier will be able to resume flights to Hong Kong only on December 18.
“We don’t have anything to say at this moment as the reports issued by the government laboratories have also been found faulty,” she said, “We thought maybe the private laboratories had done something wrong, but after this incident we don’t have anything comment at the moment.”
She further claimed that these are the external factors that are affecting NAC’s image in the international market.
“The passengers showed us negative PCR report and we allowed them to travel. But after reaching Hong Kong they had to undergo another test in which their results came positive for the virus,” she said, adding, “We don’t know how this is happening. But something is definitely amiss and now we have to seriously look into it.”
She further said that the tickets were already booked for the next