Nepal’s leading private airlines companies involved in domestic flights have registered 70 percent booking for tickets to and from Kathmandu ahead of Dashain, the largest festival in Nepal.
“We have confirmed 70 percent booking and the number is still increasing. We will decide about additional flights once the remaining seats are booked,” says Rupesh Joshi, Senior Executive Marketing Manager of Buddha Air.
Last year, Buddha Air had to arrange an additional flight every day to Bhadrapur and Biratnagar from Kathmandu during Dashain. Apart from Bhadrapur and Biratnagar, Buddha Air has regular daily flights to key urban areas including Janakpur, Simara, Bharatpur, Pokhara, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi.
Likewise, Yeti Airlines that flies equally to urban and remote areas, has recorded 75 percent booking of tickets.
“Despite 75 percent booking, we cannot confirm right now about adding flights during Dashain,” says Roshan Regmi, Marketing Manager of Yeti Airlines.
Last year, Yeti Airlines, too, had to manage one additional flight every day to Bhadrapur and Biratnagar during Dashain.
As for the government-owned Nepal Airlines (NA), it will conduct 47 flights across the country through its two new aircrafts during Dashain.
NA has opened booking for urban areas but the booking cannot be mentioned in percent, says NA Spokesperson, Saroj Kumar Kasaju, adding that booking for remote areas will open only a week before the flights. “We will conduct additional flights to urban areas with the new aircrafts we have brought from China.”
NA has been conducting six flights a week to Biratnagar and Bhairahawa, each, with the new aircraft. “From Ashoj 1 (Sept 17), we are conducting three additional flights every week to Bhadrapur and Dhangadhi, each,” Kasaju adds.