Government Prepares to Operate Regular Flights to Rescue Nepalese Living in Abroad
The government is preparing to open regular flights for some time after the complaints of high fares on chartered flights have increased. The embassies of gulf countries have complained that the chartered flights have been made expensive. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is consulting experts on their proposal.
The opening of international flights requires the consent of the International Air Ticketing Agency (IATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). “It is certain that chartered flights will be a bit expensive. We have started discussions on whether regular flights can be opened or not,” said Suresh Acharya, Joint Secretary at the ministry. At present, it is seen that there is a problem with opening air services in a certain country. As Nepalese live in dozens of countries so opening flights could lead to more complex problems in Nepal, said Acharya.
The government has been banning domestic and international flights since March 24. Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has banned chartered flights other than diplomatic missions. There have been more than 100 chartered flights between Lockdown. Meanwhile, CAAN has statistics that more than 9,000 have left.
Discussions were also held on opening domestic flights, but no decision was taken. The government has said it will open domestic flights after the second week of July. However, no decision has been made yet. During the NEA’s discussions with the airlines, the companies had demanded to open the flight from July 15. “However, no decision has been made yet,” said Rajan Pokharel, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority.