CAAN has instructed domestic airlines to reduce the number of flights


1st May, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, May 01: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has instructed the domestic airlines to reduce the number of flights.

In order to make the ongoing domestic flights more disciplined despite the ban in Kathmandu, CAAN has instructed not to make more than half the schedule as compared to the previous flight permission.

The flight has been halved due to lack of passengers even before the CAAN gave instructions. There were 298 flights and landings on April 30. There were only 208 flights and landings on April 29, the day the lockdown began. Today, there are a total of 154 flight schedules.

The CAAN has directed to maintain only 50 percent of the previously approved schedule, saying that even if the companies naturally reduce the number of passengers when there is a shortage of passengers, they can increase the number when there are more passengers.

"We have given such instructions as it is difficult to maintain distance at the airport terminal and comply with safety standards," said Rajan Pokharel, director general of CAAN.

The government had come to the conclusion that the flights would not be stopped immediately as the flights from abroad were still available and domestic flights were required to take passengers from abroad to Kathmandu.