MoCTCA proposes gaining flight routes to China as main agenda for Oli visit to China

18th Jun, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jun 18: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation has made gaining flight routes to China the main agenda in the visit of Prime Minister K.P. Oli to China.

The letter submitted by the Tourism Ministry to the Foreign Ministry lists gaining flight permission to Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai of China as major priorities for Oli's coming visit to China. The letter also asks the Foreign Ministry to decide upon more destinations for which to negotiate flight permissions.

Secretary of the Tourism Ministry, Krishna Prasad Devkota, said that the ministry has requested new flight routes keeping in mind the government's plans to increase tourist inflow to the country. "This agreement is not only for Nepal Airlines, but we are proposing an agreement which allows flight permission to any domestic airline of Nepal," he said.

Currently, 5 Chinese airlines are making flights from Chinese cities to Kathmandu. Meanwhile, Nepal Airlines has received permission to fly to Hongkong.

Flights between Nepal and China have been mostly conducted by Chinese airlines as Nepali airlines have been refused flight permission to China. The Foreign Ministry had requested proposals for agreements from various ministries for the coming visit of Prime Minister Oli to China.