Buddha Air getting impressive response to Benares flights

23rd Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 23: Buddha Air has been seeing an impressive rise in the occupancy rates of its newly launched flights to Benares, India. The airline started regular flights to the religious city from June 30, filling two flights per week.

"We have gained an enthusiastic reaction after starting regular twice-weekly flights," said Buddha Air's Managing Director, Birendra Bahadur Basnet, "We are now seeing occupancy rates from 70 to 80% on our flights to Benares." Buddha Air had been conducting market studies of flights to different Indian cities including Benares and the Indian capital, New Delhi. The first flight from Kathmandu to Benares, and from Benares to back was personally welcomed and bid farewell by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Swami Adithanath at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport.

Air travel from Kathmandu to Benares takes about an hour. Buddha Air is currently operating its Benares flights using its 47-seat ATR 42-320 aircraft.  Managing Director Basnet said that as the demand increases, the airline will switch to its 72-seat ATR 72-500 Series aircraft.