NAC introduces two-year and five-year plans for drastic expansion

6th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 06: Managing Director of Nepal Airlines, Sugat Ratna Kansakar, is making plans to add even more aircraft to NAC's fleet, shortly after receiving two wide-body Airbus. Kansakar has produced a plan to improve Nepal Airlines to international standards within 2 years. The executive committee at the corporation has also created a plan to transform its role in international flights in the next 5 years.

Managing Director Kansakar said that if these plans are successfully orchestrated, the NAC would reach new heights within 5 years. The 5-year plan includes increasing the number of international flight aircraft to 17 and constructing new hangars for them as well. The corporation is adding 6 aircraft this very year for domestic flights. Currently, it owns 5 aircraft for international flights and 8 for domestic ones.

The NAC has also started preparations to build a new hangar at the Tribhuvan International Airport, citing that the existing ones are old and not suitable for the new wide-body aircraft as it does not allow for maintenance works on the aircraft. Kansakar has proposed requesting help for constructing the hangar from friendly countries, and the proposal for this has already been sent to the Finance Ministry. The hangar is estimated to cost almost 5 billion rupees. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has also agreed to provide the necessary land to construct the new hangar.

The 5-year plan also includes purchasing 8 narrow-body and 5 wide-body aircraft, which would cost the corporation almost 100 billion rupees. "The government is planning to increase the number of tourist visitors to the country at an alarming pace," said Managing Director Kansakar, "The plan has also been prepared targeting the second international airport and the regional international airports being constructed at Pokhara and Bhairahawa."

Kansakar also described plans to increase flights drastically to countries which can improve the potential of religious tourism by attracting Buddhist tourists, including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Thailand.