Domestic air passengers increase by 41%

7th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 07: Domestic passenger movement has increased by 41.14 percent between January and October this year compared to the same period in 2016 according to recently updated data from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) .

According to CAAN, the total number of domestic passengers has reached 3.2 million in the first 10 months of 2017, while the number stood at 2.3 million in the same period last year.

Airline companies and road authorities believe that the surge in the number of air passengers is mainly due to bad road conditions across the country.

“Major roadways of Nepal are currently in bad shape,” said Laxmi Dutta Bhatta, divisional engineer of Department of Roads (DoR). “These days, it is difficult for passengers to travel by road because of under-construction roads,” Bhatta said, adding that people have been choosing the air route also to save time.

Air traffic has increased in the Bhairahawa and Chitwan sectors because of the Narayanghat-Mugling road section that has been under construction for two years.

Former director general of DoR Dinkar Sharma said that he preferrs air route to avoid the hassles of travelling by road while going out of valley. He further said people have been choosing the air route also because of their improved economic status.