Airline companies prepare to open ticket booking

16th Sep, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 16: With the government's announcement to open the domestic flights, the airline companies are preparing to open the booking of tickets. Before, that the companies are preparing detailed instructions on the destinations where they can fly or where they cannot.

According to Raj Kumar Chhetri, Deputy Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, the government has not yet given a list of destinations where flights will be open. "Once we receive the list, we will issue a permit to the airline based on that," he said. According to him, in the first phase, 100 percent of flights will not be open to all destinations. "Probably only a third of the flights will be opened in the first phase," he said, adding that the airline would be allowed to fly accordingly.

Earlier, the government had decided to open the flight from August 17. According to that decision, the authority had permitted to allow only 33% of flights in the first phase. However, due to the rapid increase in the cases of COVID-19, the government has again postponed the resumption date. Now, the cabinet meeting held on Monday has decided to open the flights from September 21. Accordingly, the airline companies are preparing to open the booking of tickets from September 17.

According to an airline operator, ticket booking will be open for all destinations if the government doesn't specify the destination till September 15.  Earlier, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai had said that there were plans to start flights from hilly and mountainous airports in the first phase.