Domestic Airline companies decide not to increase flight fare


28th Jul, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, July 28: The domestic flight, which was suspended due to corona virus (Covid-19) infection, will be resumed from August 17. Even if domestic flights are open, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is preparing to fly 75 percent less than before. The government had banned domestic flights from March 26, 2020.

Although it is planning to operate 30 flights a day to avoid any risk to passengers, CAAN is doing its homework to add some flights. With major airlines suggesting an increase in their flight numbers, CAAN is doing more homework. In order to reduce the passenger congestion at the airport, the airlines will not be allowed to carry more than 350 passengers in one hour. Similarly, Airlines are not going to increase fares even though there are less passengers. While public transport was raising fares, airlines were also expected to raise fares. 

Yograj Kandel, Spokesperson of the Airline Operators' Association Nepal, said that air fares would not be increased for the time being. No matter what the number of passengers, it has been agreed not to increase the fare for the sake of competition, he said. "If the fares between the airlines fluctuate, the business will be at risk," said spokesman Kandel.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yeti Airlines Anuj Rimal also said that air fares will not be increased. We are already ready to serve the passengers on the previous fare, said CEO Rimal. "The priority now is to make our business run smoothly by providing safe and easy service to passengers," he said. "That's why we haven't thought about raising fares."