Nepal to Sign Air Agreement With Finland and Russia
Nepal has signed an air agreement with European countries Finland and Russia. According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the agreement is being signed to operate flights directly from Nepal. “The preparations are underway to sign the agreement within two months,” said a ministry official.
Nepal, which had signed an air agreement with Canada and Australia just a few months ago, is also preparing to sign an agreement with Finland. While the European Union (EU) is blacklisting Nepal, the ministry is negotiating an aviation deal with European countries. Due to the EU’s blacklist, Nepal Airlines Corporation has not been granted permission to fly to China, while Saudi Arabia is also hesitating because of the blacklist.
Finland is understood to have shown interest in air agreements with Nepal. Finnish Air, the national flag carrier and largest airline provider, has expressed a desire to fly directly to Nepal. To conduct flight from Kathmandu – Finland passengers will have to travel for 10 and a half hours.
The Ambassador of Finland has already initiated a preliminary study of the commercial flight by calling a representative of Finnish Air to Nepal. Currently, there is only one Turkish Airlines that is connecting Nepal and Europe.
Similarly, the government is now preparing an air agreement with Russia. Russia has shown interest in flying to Nepal. Nepal has also begun air agreements with Indonesia, which has similar tourism potential. As initially discussed, the Indonesian side has not given much response. Although Nepal has signed an agreement with 39 countries, it has been flying to only eight countries. Currently, there are 26 airlines flying in Nepal.