Foreign airlines dominates Nepali airlines in Nepali market

23rd Sep, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 23: Tribhuvan Airport is full of foreign airlines rather than domestic ones. In 2077/78 alone, Rs. 341.2 million has been spent on buying tickets for foreign airlines. According to the Nepal Rastra Bank, international airlines have taken Rs 341.2 million for passenger services. Such a large amount is only charged of the purchase of air tickets.

Statistics show that due to Covid, some amount has decreased in the last two years along with the reduction in international flights. Before Covid, a total of 28 international companies had been flying to Nepal. Currently, only Qatar Airways, Air India, Fly Dubai, Turkish Airlines, Jazeera Air and Air Arabia have been operating regular flights. Acting Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Raj Kumar Chhetri said that Singapore Airlines will be added to regular flights soon.

According to the Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal Airlines is number one in terms of flight movement and passenger pressure in 2020. Nepal Airlines had flown 1,862 international flights during the period. Nepal Airlines had served 273,905 passengers.

According to the statistics, Qatar Airways, which is in the second position, had flown 940 flights. Qatar Airways has served 150,985 people. Himalaya Airlines ranks third in terms of passenger pressure. The Himalaya Airlines has served 90,044 people.

Buddhisagar Lamichhane, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, admits that foreign airlines have dominated due to the limited destinations of Nepali airlines. "Our services are limited," says Lamichhane. "We need to expand the capacity of Nepali airlines to operate international flights." He also said that there was a need to improve the services of the existing airlines and make more international airports run smoothly.