Two airlines request Ministry of Aviation for code sharing from New Delhi to Kathmandu

17th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: Two airlines have requested the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to enable code sharing between New Delhi and Kathmandu after the Bilateral Air Agreement between the two countries was revisited and amended allowing for such a provision.

Jet Airways of India and Sri Lankan Airlines of Sri Lanka have requested for code sharing permission from New Delhi to India. Joint Secretary at the ministry, Pramod Nepal, said that the airlines are aiming to fly to Nepal from destinations without formal routes to the country.

Jet Airways has sought a code share agreement with KLM Airlines of Netherlands, and is seeking to bring KLM passengers from New Delhi to Kathmandu. Similarly, Sri Lankan Airlines has code share agreements with Air India, through which it is attempting to bring passengers from Colombo to Kathmandu through New Delhi.

The Indian government had been requesting code share with Nepal for a long time aiming for the benefit of its airlines. Nepal government approved the request after India agreed to open new air routes to the country.

Code share agreements between airlines allow passengers coming in from one location to board a flight to another destination using the same ticket and boarding pass. This allows cooperating airlines to connect passengers to a more diverse number of destinations.

Officials at the Aviation Ministry have been pressuring against making this agreement. Code sharing agreements allow Indian airlines to snatch up market share from Nepali airlines through cooperation with foreign airline companies. At the same time, world-renowned airlines are unlikely to enter into code-sharing agreements with Nepali airlines due to their unreliability. However, Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari said that the arrangement would make it easier for foreign tourists coming to Nepal and help increase the number of tourists coming to the country.