Fourth phase of rescue flight to be operated from July 31

28th Jul, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 28: A fourth phase of rescue flight will be operated from July 31 to rescue Nepalese who are stranded in abroad. Nepal Airlines and Himalayan Airlines will fly rescue flights from Nepal to repatriate Nepalese from abroad.


Nepal Airlines Spokesperson Archana Khadka said a rescue flight would be scheduled soon. Meanwhile, the airline's Bangalore-Kathmandu rescue flight for July 27 has been shifted to July 29. The airlines has apologized for the inconvenience caused to the passengers. The Himalayas have also announced a chartered flight to Kunming, China on July 31. The company has stated that it is not sure about the additional flight. Earlier, two Nepali and various foreign airlines had chartered flights for the rescue flight.

On June 5, Jazeera Air brought Nepalese from Kuwait on the first chartered flight. Nepal Airlines had been conducting rescue flights since June 11. The second time was on July 12 and the third time was on July 21. The Himalayas had chartered rescue flights from June 16 to July 12 and July 21.

The government had decided to repatriate Nepali nationals living in third countries by giving priority to them. As per the decision of COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC), Nepalese have been repatriated at different stages. So far, about 35,000 Nepalis have returned home. The government has already decided to start domestic and international commercial flights from Auguat 17. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has stated that only one-third of the regular flights will be operated.

There will be a small number of flights in both directions as safety protocols have to be formulated for infection-free air travel. At Tribhuvan International Airport, there are chances of operating 15 international flights daily and 40 to 50 domestic flights.