China delays approving NAC’s application to fly Guangzhou

9th Dec, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Dec. 9: Nepal’s national Flag carrier the Nepal Airlines have been waiting long for the approval from China to fly to Guangzhou.

The NAC applied for an operating authorization to serve the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport In 2015 but there is no response from the Chinese side despite the 3 years of waiting.

The national flag carrier used to fly to Shanghai until 2008 when it was forced to suspend the route due to lack of aircraft. It has been eying the Guangzhou market due to increased trade and passenger movement from China.

Nepal and China had signed a revised bilateral air services agreement (ASA) in February 2014, permitting operation of 56 flights per week with any type of aircraft on a reciprocal basis. The pact allowed each country to increase the flight frequency to 70 per week by 2016. Under the old ASA, Chinese airlines were allowed to operate 14 flights per week.

Currently, Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Sichuan Airlines and Tibet Airlines connect mainland China with Nepal. With the operation of these flights, the flight operation quota extended to Chinese airlines has been fully utilized.