Air Travel in Nepal becomes costlier with arriving festive season

13th Sep, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 13: With the arriving festival Dashain which lies some weeks ahead the air fare has gone costlier as well as difficult like that of travelling through the road ways. Most of the airlines set to fly out of valley have their seats almost completely booked.

The airlines have informed that most seats on flights after Ghatasthapana have been booked. Flights going from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Tumlingtar, Bhairahawa and Bharatpur have most of their seats for the time being is booked.

In the Western region, besides Bhairahawa and Bharatpur, there isn’t much crowding in Nepalgung and Dhangadi. Manager of Buddha Air, Binita Thapa, informed that of the 90 daily flight (two-way) that it conducts, routes to Bhadrapur, Bharatpur, Simra, Tumlingtar and Biratnagar etc. have more than 90% of their tickets booked. Comparatively, Nepalgung and Dhangadi have seen relatively less amount of ticket booking during the same time.

Similarly, Yeti Air has also seen around 90% of its tickets booked to the same routes, informed Yeti’s media manager, Bhimraj Rai.

Consumers who have been thinking that the additional flights would increase the competition before Dashain time and result in cheaper rates have disappointing news, however, as the airlines have informed that during this time there will be a single ticket rate to any route.

Binita Thapa of Buddha Air has informed that at this time when there is a shortage of sufficient tickets, there will be no tickets available at a cheaper price and everyone will get them at the same rate.

Bhimraj Rai of Yeti Air has informed that the customers will be provided the services at price rates set by Airlines Association of Nepal and approved by CAN.

Ticket Rates of Different Routes:

     Routes      Routes         Rates
Kathmandu  Biratnagar Rs. 7,104
Kathmandu Bhadrapur Rs. 8,676
Kathmandu Bhairahawa     Rs. 5,913
Kathmandu Dhangadi Rs. 12,119
Kathmandu Nepalgung   Rs. 8,365
Kathmandu Pokhara Rs.4,700
Kathmandu Janakpur Rs. 3,948
Kathmandu Simara Rs. 3,500
Kathmandu Bharatpur Rs. 3,453
Kathmandu Tumlingtar Rs. 5,623