Nepal Airlines Still Without Permit to Fly to Guangzhou

19th Dec, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has still not gained approval to fly to Guangzhou, the third largest city of mid-southern China, after having sent an application for it in 2017. The NAC had been conducting flights to the city until 2008 in full cooperation until China was forced to end the arrangement due to the lack of airplanes under NAC.

NAC Spokesperson Rabindra Shrestha said, “There has been no response from the Chinese side and it is difficult to say whether the approval will be gained immediately or not.”

Nepal and China had signed an amended Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) on February, 2014. The agreement allowed airplanes from both countries to make 56 flights per week, while the number was raised to 70 in 2016.

Nepal, which in recent years is posing an increasing attraction to Chinese tourists, had been receiving 14 flights per week from different Chinese airlines as per the BASA agreement. Currently, airlines like Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Schezwan Airlines and Tibet Airlines are conducting additional flights to Nepal.

While the delivery of the Airbus A330 purchased by the NAC grows closer, the difficulties faced by the corporation in gaining permits to fly to additional locations has been seen as an issue to its policies of business growth. Himalayan Airlines has also been facing similar difficulties for its Delhi flight operations since the last three years.

It is necessary for the government to pay attention to these issues being faced by the national flag-bearing corporation and the Himalayan Airlines, which was established according to the country’s laws. If Nepalese airline corporations continue to face such difficulties in gaining flight approvals, then the Bilateral Air Service Agreements will soon begin to lose its meaning.