Buddha Air to set up separate subsidiary for flights to remote areas
4th Jan, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Jan 04: Buddha Air is going to set up a separate subsidiary for flights to remote areas. The company has decided to fly to remote areas by setting up a company in Yashodhara.
Birendra Bahadur Basnet, Managing Director of the company, said that the company has already purchased 20 ropanis of land in Manthali to build a base in Manthali.
"Our aim is not only to expand the flight to remote destinations, but also to benefit the area that is being used as a base for flights in terms of economy and tourism," he said. Under our flight package, monthly stay will be made mandatory for tourists going to Lukla.
Basnet said that a camp with a capacity of 300 people will be constructed on eight ropanis of land out of the 20 ropanis purchased by the company for tourist accommodation. "Out of 20 ropanis, 12 ropanis have been allocated for the road," he told. "We will set up a camp for tourists in eight ropanis." According to him, the flight will start from September 2022 at a monthly base through subsidiary Yashodhara.
The package will be prepared by Buddha Holidays.
The company will establish Yashodhara Company with a paid up capital of Rs. 250 million through the amount in its reserve fund. Initially, there are plans to start the flight with three ships, Basnet said.
A year after the company started flying to remote destinations on a monthly basis, it plans to make Pokhara base and fly to remote destinations in the western region as well. "We have planned to start regular flights from both the bases from September, giving priority to the tourist season," he said. "One year after starting from Manthali (from September 2023), we will operate remote flights from Pokhara base."
He said that the plan to build Pokhara base was postponed for a year as it seemed appropriate to fly from one base before flying from both the bases at the same time through the same subsidiary company. He said the company would use one of Viking (TwinAir) and Cessna (Sky Courier) for the flight.
As soon as the company is selected, Buddha plans to buy two new ships for Lukla, Suketar and Bhojpur flights. The Lukla and Suketar flights, which are based in Kathmandu, are shorter from Manthali than the flight time. According to him, the 30-minute Kathmandu-Lukla flight will take only 17 minutes from Manthali. The 64-minute Kathmandu-Suketar flight from Manthali will take only 38 minutes.
"As the flight time from here will be very fast, it is expected that there will be 10 flights by one ship till 12 noon and 20 flights by two ships during the same period," he said. He informed that considering the ongoing air traffic congestion in Kathmandu, the company has set up a base outside the valley for remote flights.
Thus the name of the subsidiary company was created
Yashodhara is the name of the wife of Lord Gautam Buddha. His contribution to the life story of Gautam Buddha is incomparable. Buddha Air, a separate unit for holiday package management, has been named after its subsidiary, Yashodhara.
'We have come this far with the name and blessings of Lord Gautam Buddha. Yashodhara's determination for his sacrifice and penance is commendable. It is because of him that Gautama Buddha has guided peace directing around the world, 'says Basnet.