Increase in Air Passengers in Nepal

1st Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 01: The number of air passengers in Nepal has increased by 9.63% over a global 6.5% increase. Compared to the ten months from January to October 2016, the percentage of air passengers have increased by 9.63 % in 2017, informed the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority. The Aviation Authority added that 3,111,063 passengers have used air service for international travel in the 10 months of 2017 from January. In 2016 the number of international passengers was 2,838,238 while in 2016 the number of passengers in domestic travel was 1,411,013 million compared to 1,992,903 in 2017.

There was 23.48% increment in airplanes. In the 10 months of 2017, 27,409 airplanes took off and in 2016, 21,671 planes took off. In the cargo sector, 16,229 tons have been transported in 2017 while 17,382 tons were transported in 2016.

The Civil Aviation Authority has reported revenue of 5 billion and 564 million rupees in the economic year 2073-2074, excluding airport fees. The total expense was calculated to be 5 billion 787 million 400 thousand rupees.

“Legal problem was seen during the distribution of bonus on the 19th anniversary of Civil Aviation Authority,” said the Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr Maheshwor Neupane .The Authority has been trying from the past 3 years to run the bonus distribution smoothly but has failed due to legal problem till today. The Chief Director Mr. Sanjeev Gautam informed that all the attention is given to aviation safety and service presently and he also added that the focus is on the infrastructure development. According to the President of Airlines Operators  Association of Nepal, Mr Pabitra Kumar Karki due to the undeveloped infrastructure the local airlines have suffered much loss.