India agrees to provide more air routes

25th Dec, 2016 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU: India has agreed in principle to provide more cross-border entry and exit points for international airlines, durig the bilateral talks held on Wednesday.


Nepal has made such proposal during the bilateral talks on aviation issues between two countries that kicked off in Delhi on Tuesday. Nepali delegation under Suresh Acharya, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation held talks with Indian team led by Arun Kumar, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Aviation on Wednesday.

In its proposal, the Nepali side has requested India to provide three more air entry points in Janakpur, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj, Mahendranagar according to officials. “Indian side is positive to provide more routes. There has been an agreement to take final decisions in February in the presence of technical teams from both sides,” Acharya told. Indian side has underlined the need for internal consultations before making any decisions.

Trans-Himalaya 2 and redefine the Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi(L626) route as a bi-directional route, apart from bi-directional facility for the Lhasa-Kathmandu-Bharatpur-Bhairahawa-Delhi B345 route and the Kathmandu-Jaleshwar-Patna G335 route.

Nepal is building a regional international Airport in bhairahawa and Pokhara. Similarly, the government is also planning to construct and international airport in Nijgadha of Bara. However, Nepal has only one air route for its international flights.