Regent Airways of Bangladesh is starting scheduled flights to Kathmandu from February 1.
The Dhaka-based carrier has appointed Harvest Moon Travels &Tours as its general sales agent (GSA) for Nepal.
Officials of Harvest Moon said they would open booking for tickets within few days. “We won´t be selling tickets directly. We will sell tickets through other travel agencies,” Sushil Shrestha, country manager of Regent Airways, said.
According to Shrestha, they were focusing Nepali students studying in Dhaka, players, staff of NGOs and INGOs visiting for seminars, and migrant workers from Nepal. “We also aim to bring Bangladeshi tourists to Nepal,” he added.
To attract tourists from Bangladesh to Nepal, Harvest Moon has devised a package that includes airfare, local transport, accommodation, sightseeing, and adventure activities like rafting and bungee, among others. “The package will be finalized in a day or two,” he said, adding that the package will be affordable. “We are hopeful of bringing a sizeable number of tourists from Bangladesh.”
Though Regent Airways has received permission to fly daily flights, Shrestha said they will be operating only five flights a week, except on Fridays and Saturdays, for the first three months. “After that we will start daily flights,” he added.
The airline will operate Boeing 737-700 series aircraft for Nepal flights. It will have 12 seats in business class and 112 in economy class. The aircraft will land in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 5 pm and return at 6 pm.
Regent Airways operates a fleet of five aircraft — two Boeing 737-700s, two Bombardier Dash 8 Q300s and one Bombardier Dash 6 Q400. “It is adding 2 Boeings in April and six Boeings by the end of this year,” Shrestha added. “We haven´t finalized the airfare. But I can assure you that it will be cheaper than the airfare charged by our competitor,” he added.
At present, only Biman Bangladesh is serving on Dhaka-Kathmandu route. GMG Airlines and United Airways, which used to fly on the route, no longer serving the Dhaka-Kathmandu route. Regent Airways currently flies to Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia and Kolkata. It is starting flights to Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Riyadh and Doha in the near future.
Of the six international airlines that have unveiled plan to start operation in Nepal, Regent Airways, Mihin Lanka (Sri Lanka), and Malindo Air (Malaysia) have already received operation authorization. Himalayan Airlines, Go Air and Sichuan Air are still to receive operation authorization from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).