Kathmandu, January 20
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has announced that it is commencing commercial flights to Narita in Japan from March 2.
The introductory airfare of Kathmandu-Narita flight has been set at Rs 80,000 per person for a round-trip ticket and Rs 40,000 per person for a one-way ticket. As per the corporation, the fare might differ in the coming future.
In the initial phase, two flights per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays will be operated from Kathmandu to Narita, according to Ganesh Chand, spokesperson for NAC. “We have received permission for three flights a week, however, in the first phase we will operate only two flights a week and soon after begin operating three flights a week,” he said. “The third flight to Narita will probably be on a Thursday.”
Though NAC had applied for permission to operate flights to Narita before Osaka, it started operating commercial flights to the latter destination from August 29 last year. “Looking at the market potential, we had applied for Narita first, but due to some technical issues we received the flight operation permission only recently,” he added.
As Narita is comparatively closer to Tokyo, NAC expects the new service to ease Nepalis working and studying in the capital city of Japan, he said.
Chand further said that the flight will also help to transport more number of Japanese tourists travelling to Nepal at comparatively less price.
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