Government prepares to resume regular domestic flights

14th Sep, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 14: Preparations are underway to resume regular domestic flights, which have been closed for six months. The government is planning to operate domestic flights from the 4th week of September. Recently, the government has opened international rescue and commercial flights, but domestic flights are still closed.

Despite repeated assurances from the government to open domestic flights, the flights have been canceled during the last moment. Now the government seems to have concluded that the Corona cannot be stopped by stopping domestic flights. A meeting of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Operations Center (CCMC), led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ishwor Pokharel, had been suggesting the government to postpone the opening of flights, with the conclusion that the pandemic was on the rise across the country, including the capital. Now it is understood that the government is being pressured to open domestic flights based on certain criteria.

According to a source in the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the government has already permitted various private airlines to operate by following certain criteria, and the airlines have already sold tickets. According to a source, the airlines and tourism entrepreneurs are visiting the ministry daily, saying that the service should be brought into operation by adopting health standards as per the aviation guidelines.

Minister for Tourism Yogesh Bhattarai has also indicated that preparations are being made to operate regular domestic flights. He said that a proposal has already been sent to the CCMC Secretariat for the flight. He said discussions were underway to start flights from mountainous and hilly areas where the cases of COVID-19 are less.