Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Nepal shuts all international flights save two a week between Kathmandu and Delhi

While all international scheduled flights connecting Kathmandu have been ordered to halt from Thursday midnight until May 14, the government has decided to allow as many as two flights a week on the Kathmandu-Delhi sector, the two capitals, which have emerged as coronavirus hotspots.

Nepali authorities have been struggling to contain the rapid rise of virus cases as experts fear that tens of thousands of people may have caught the more contagious new variants emerging out of Nepal’s immediate neighbour, India.

Following Sunday's Cabinet decision to halt all international and domestic flights, which had caused confusion among travellers, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal on Monday issued a statement in what appeared to be a bid to make things clear.

“There shall be only two flights a week [one flight each by Nepal Airlines and Air India] under the air bubble arrangement between Nepal and India effective from May 6 midnight to May 14,” reads the statement by the country’s civil aviation regulator.

The aviation body said that arriving passengers shall undergo mandatory quarantine at their own cost for 10 days in hotels designated by the Tourism Ministry.

03/05/21 Sangam Prasain/Kathmandu Post

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