Saturday, October 10, 2020

Nepal, India discuss opening new air routes

Kathmandu: The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and Indian Embassy held a meeting today regarding new air entry points.

Nepal and India have been discussing about new entry routes for aircraft to enter Nepal via third country.

However, no fixed decision has been taken so far. Regarding this issue, Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai again held a discussion with Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra.

According to the ministry’s secretariat, Minister Bhattarai spoke with Ambassador Kwatra about air route via Bhairahawa checkpoint.

The minister also requested Ambassador Kwatra to finalise permitting aircraft to enter Nepal via Nepalgunj and Mahendranagar routes.

On June 17, 2018 India had provided new air entry routes for Nepal over Biratnagar and Janakpur. With the permission, international flights coming to Nepal can take the eastern air entry routes over Biratnagar and Janakpur.

Before that, international flights coming to Nepal were permitted to come via air entry route over Simara only.

However, no decision has been taken yet about entry routes from western Nepal.

10/10/20 Himalayan Times

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