India responding positively to proposals for new air routes

19th Feb, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: India has given approval to Nepal for the extension of air routes to enter India. India is currently going through the process to add two routes to the exisiting Simara route for international air travel between India and Nepal, informed the Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

Nepali officials are leaving for India in a week to discuss the process further. Nepal government had been requesting India to add air routes and entry points multiple times over the years.

The ministry has requested a route on the east from Janakpur or Biratnagar and another from the west among either Mahendranagar, Bhairahawa, or Nepalgunj.

Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Sanjiv Gautam, said that discussions are ongoing with Indian authorities to add three new entry points from India to Nepal. "We have proposed the addition of routes to both the east and the west," he said, "the Indian authorities are responding positively to our proposal."

"We are going to Calcutta within two weeks to discuss this matter," he added. A team from Nepal headed by the deputy director of CAAN is currently making preparations for discussion with Airports Authority of India.