Nepal-India air bubble flight modification: 56 flights a week

26th Jan, 2022 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: With the amendment of the Air Bubble Agreement, 56 regular flights a week  to Nepal-India will be started. The Indian government has written an official letter to amend the agreement on Monday, according to the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Joint Secretary Buddhisagar Lamichhane said that the agreement has paved the way for private airlines of both the countries to operate regular flights in both directions.

 According to Lamichhane, there will now be 28-28 regular flights a week from Nepal and India. According to a letter issued by India, Air India, Vistara and Indigo will operate regular two-way flights. Under this, Air India and Vistara will operate seven flights a year while Indigo will operate 14 flights a week.

"Once the air bubble agreement is amended, passengers will now benefit. Passengers flying in both directions will get options. Fares have also become cheaper, 'said Joint Secretary Lamichhane.

He also informed that private airlines can be allowed to fly along with Nepal Airlines Corporation of Nepal. Before the start of Covid, Nepal Airlines Corporation and Buddha Air had been flying to this destination of Nepal, while airlines including Air India, Vistara and Indigo had been operating regular flights of India.

Prem Nath Thakur, acting director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, said that the ministry was ready to manage the flight as per the agreement as soon as the correspondence was received.

The Civil Aviation Authority  of India had said last October that it would amend the agreement. But as soon as Omicron started, it stopped. India on Monday wrote again to amend the agreement.

The flag carriers of the two countries had been flying Kathmandu-New Delhi for a year now as per the Air Bubble Agreement after India banned two-way flights due to Covid-19. As per the agreement, the one-way fare of one airline of both the countries is up to Rs 50,500.

India's SpiceJet, which plans to resume regular India-Nepal flights in front of Covid, is still stuck in the process. Similarly, Shree Airlines, Yeti Airlines and other airlines have also got permission for international regular and charter flights and they are also planning to fly to India.