The Government of Nepal is preparing to start domestic flights in anticipation of the upcoming festival. However, in the first phase, domestic flights from Kathmandu will be limited to Himalayan and hilly airports.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai informed that discussions had been started with private sector airlines for the purpose.
Festivals are knocking at the door, and the domestic flight has to be resumed, he said at the annual progress public event held at the Ministry on Tuesday. However, domestic flights but will not open immediately in the Terai region of Nepal.
Due to the growing Coronavirus cases in the Terai areas, flights to the airports in those areas will not be open now. The Ministry itself cannot decide whether to open the flight or not.
That is why he has informed that he will take the proposal to the Council of Ministers to open flights in the airports in the hills and mountains. At the same time, International flight operations will resume on 16 August.
Earlier, the Ministry was announcing the schedule of chartered flights to some destinations. Only 13 companies that have previously applied for regular flights with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal will get permission in the first phase.
The government will only allow flights in the first phase in countries where PCR testing is easy. Nepalis will be rescued by sending chartered ships to other countries. After 15 August, a maximum of 500 people will be allowed to come to Nepal every day.
Minister Bhattarai informed that this number would gradually be increased as the situation becomes normal.
“There is a lot of demand and pressure to increase the number, but only by looking at the situation can another decision be made,” he said.