Thai Lion to Dispatch flights to Nepal
Low-cost carriers (LCC) are expanding their solid footing in Nepal’s market as interest for cheap air travel keeps on growing. Two LCCs-Thai Lion Air and Salam Air will soon begin flights to Nepal. Introduction of these airlines would help LCCs presence in Nepal’s market by one-fourth. As of now, five LCCs, Indigo, Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Air AsiaX and Malindo Air, function in Nepal. LCCs got in the Nepal air space in 2006. Air Arabia was the first.
The Ministry of Tourism has given Thai Lion Air, a Bangkok-based LCC, working authorization. Oman’s new LCC Salam Air has additionally requested for the permit.
The joint-secretary at the ministry, Suresh Acharya, said that Thai Lion got operating approval two weeks ago. It intends to start operation from the following month. In any case, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal is yet to grant its flight authorization.
It will be the second transporter from Bangkok after Thai Airways and will work from the Don Mueang International Airport, one of the two International airports in Bangkok. Thai Lion has gotten authorization to operate seven weekly flights, said Acharya.
In 2004, Nepal and Thailand marked a reconsidered Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on broadening air administrations, allowing up to 10 flights for every week with any sort of aircraft, up from seven.
Thai Lion Airline Weekly Flights
As Thai has been working seven weekly flights, the rest three flights are distributed to Thai Lion under the agreement’s arrangement. “Another four weekly flights have been assigned under the transitory working basis,” said Acharya. “We will modify the air service agreement with Thailand soon to expand the operating quota.” according to the arrangement, temporary licenses are given for three months only.
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) General Director Raj Kumar Chettri said they have informed the ministry that the new airline would be conceded the airport slot simply after 5:30pm. “Right now, the air traffic is thin.”
The Sultanate of Oman’s new low-cost carrier Salam Air has additionally requested for the operating authorization. In 2014, Nepal and Oman had reexamined bilateral air service agreement enabling assigned transporters of respective countries to operate up to 28 flights a week.
Presently, just Oman Air-the national banner carrier of Oman-has flight services between the two countries. Salam initiated International flights in January 2017.
As indicated by TIA, international air traveler traffic registered twofold digit development in 2017, a 10.74 percent growth over the earlier year in spite of infrastructural obstacles. A record 3.88 million travelers went through TIA a year ago.
The traveler traffic through TIA had dove 8.37 percent to a 13-year low of 3.21 million in 2015, as travelers lingered away because of the seismic tremor in April. In 2016, traveler traffic increased 9.12 percent to 3.51 million. As per TIA, 29 airlines including three Nepali carriers made 33,362 flights in 2017, documenting a 23 percent rise.
The nation’s only international airport manages serious congestion over the past few years with expanding number of Nepali migrant workers, students and tourists touring all through the country. Its two decades old framework has not seen upgrades.
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