NAC Begins Process to Fly Widebody Aircraft to Japan and Korea

23rd Nov, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Nov 23 : The Nepal Airlines Corporation has begun process to start flights for its new widebody airplane to Seoul, Korea, and Osaka, Japan. The 330-200 Series widebody airplane is set to arrive by Jestha. At the first stage, NAC has begun process to apply for permits to begin flights at the given destinations with their respective countries.

The Seoul Airport office at Korea has already given permission to NAC while letters have already been sent to Osaka, Japan, stated the Managing Director of NAC, Sugat Ratna Kansakar. “We are preparing to make sure the first flights are to Seoul and Osaka,” he said.

While the Airport office at Seoul has already given the pass, Korea’s Aviation Ministry has yet to give its permission for flights to NAC. Meanwhile, Osaka has requested that the process be completed before it gives permission for flights. Accordingly, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is preparing to send letters of request to the airport in question. The ministry has suggested NAC to take flights to Nagoya Airport, rather than at Osaka.

Nearly 40,000 Nepalese are in South Korea on working visas currently. Furthermore, around 1000 Nepalese go to South Korea yearly on student visas. People leaving for Korea on business visas also reportedly number in the hundreds. Similarly, there are currently more than 80,000 Nepalese in Japan on student visas. Around 2000 Nepalese leave for Japan for education yearly. Hundreds of Nepalese also leave for Japan yearly on working visas. The possibility of direct flights will especially benefit Nepalese citizens. Japanese tourists are also expected to increase in Nepal with this arrangement.

As of yet, the agreement made with Japan allows NAC to make only three flights per week. Japan has informed that it will revise this agreement only after the flights have started. The Nepal Airlines Corporation has made preparations to make three flights per week to Korea and Japan. It is purchasing two airplanes at 20 Crores, 80 Lakhs and 16 Thousand dollars, or 22 Arab, 63 Crore Rupees. 8 Arab Rupees, including capital and interest have already been paid by the Corporation. It took loans of 12 Arabs each from the Employees Provident Fund and the Citizens Investment Trust, from which both institutions have already given the Corporation 4 Arabs each as the first stage. The NAC has made plans to fly to South Korea, Japan, Australia, London, and other destinations. Under this plan, it has started process to make flights to South Korea and Japan. Currently, flights from Nepal to Japan and South Korea costs from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000.