Three Tourist Cities of Nepal now interlinked with Airways, enthralls tourism entrepreneurs


22nd Sep, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew


POKHARA, Sep 22: Three cities of Nepal renowned as the chief tourism destinations now has been connected through airways. Buddha Air, which had been making regular flights in the capital Kathmandu and Pokhara has connected three tourism cities after beginning flights from Pokhara to Bharatpur and Bhairahawa.

Buddha Air had started the Bharatpur-Pokhara flight route on the request of tourism businesses, which had been reporting negative effects on their businesses due to the Narayangadh-Muglin road being upgraded.

Buddha Air started its Pokhara-Bharatpur flight on Friday. It reached Bharatpur carrying tourism businessmen and passengers in 11 minutes. Tourism business-owners from Chitwan came to Pokhara in the same flight. Returning from Bharatpur to Pokhara, the plane took 20 minutes to reach from Pokhara to Bhairahawa.

According to the manager of Buddha Air Pokhara, the Pokhara-Bharatpur fare has been set at Rs. 3,650 while the Pokhara-Bhairahawa fare has been set at Rs. 4,200. Baral said that Buddha Air will continue regular flights from the very first day.

Tourism businesses hope that the commencement of air service from Pokhara to Bharatpur and Bhairahawa will make it easier to attract tourists who had been discouraged from coming to these locations due to the Narayangadh-Muglin road. The business owners believe that this campaign will have a positive effect on tourism promotion and the inflow of tourists on a regional level.

The Vice-President of Pokhara Tourism Board Bharat Raj Parajuli says that the flight routes to new destinations will bring an increase in the inflow of tourists. “It has become easier for Indian tourists to come from Bhairahawa to Pokhara, which will increase the inflow of Indian tourists as well as other tourists in a notable fashion,” he said, “it is important for these flights to continue.” Indian tourists had been commenting on the delicate state of the Siddhartha Highway and the Muglin-Narayangadh road, requesting for an improvement of the roads or an airways service.

Before this, Shangrila Air had started flights from Pokhara to Bharatpur in 2061. Immediately after, Skyline Air had also started regular flights for some time, but both Airlines stopped their flights within eight months. Buddha Air has said that it will use planes with the capacity of 47 seats if the passenger flow increases.

Similarly, tourism business owners of Chitwan and Sauraha, who had seen a recession due to various reasons including the recent earthquake, blockade, condition of Muglin-Narayangadh road, and the floods of recent times are thrilled at the start of the Pokhara-Bharatpur flights. Since the flights started on Friday, Regional Hotel Association Nepal, Chitwan has expressed a new hope in the tourism sector.

The Association said, “We are trying to light a fading hope in the tourism sector; after long effort, we are finding success with the collaboration between Hotel Association Nepal, the tourism businesses of Pokhara, Buddha Air, and tourism businesses of Sauraha.”

The commencement of airways service will uplift the tourism sector at least to a certain extent, said the President of Restaurant and Bar Association Nepal, Gokarna Bista. He said, “The tourism season has already started, and we are excited to welcome tourists.”

With the Chitwan-Pokhara-Bhairahawa airways being connected, the fading hope of the tourism sector in Chitwan has been rekindled, said the President of Regional Hotel Association, Chitwan. He expressed a belief that this triangular air route will aid in the promotion of tourism in the region. The Chief of Buddha Air, Bharatpur Branch, Bhakta Bahadur Basnet, has said that if the flow of tourists in this route increases, there will be an appropriate increase in the number of flights.