Competition in the domestic aviation market increasing


19th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Mar 19: The domestic aviation market is becoming more competitive with the increase in the number of air passengers. Competition is increasing among domestic airlines to add airplanes as well as more air routes.

Buddha Air has recently started direct flights between Pokhara and Nepalgunj, two months ago. Makalu Air has also requested permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to start flights between this route. This is the first time in Nepal’s aviation history that flights were conducted to this route.

Similarly, Shree Airlines has announced plans to begin flights between Biratnagar and Dhangadi. Domestic air routes were until recently conducted between urban and rural locations. The newer routes mostly connect urban locations.

The number of domestic air passengers is increasing with the new domestic air routes offered by airline companies. Buddha Air has also increased its weekly flights to the Bhairahawa-Pokhara route, which was started last September. It has also started flights to Bharatpur-Pokhara route. “Buddha Air has been adding airplanes as well as routes. In coming days we will be researching more routes as well,” said the director of Buddha Air’s Sales and Marketing Department, Rupesh Joshi.

A study has shown that private investment in Nepal’s aviation sector has reached 500 billion rupees. Marketing Manager of Shree Airlines, Anil Manandhar, says that customers are looking for aviation market outside the Kathmandu Valley as well. “Air routes are increasing as the movement of air passengers is increasing across the country.”