Kathmandu, March 11
The national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has resumed flights to the airports in Chainpur of Bajhang, Sanphe of Achham and Dipayal of Doti.
Earlier Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prem Bahadur Ale, had directed the NAC to include the above-mentioned destinations in its regular flight service.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) chief for the Dhangadhi Airport, Ram Krishna Bhatta, at present, the NAC has been operating its regular flights to Chainpur, Sanphe and Dipayal airports twice a week (Monday and Friday) while the service for Bajura is based on the number of aspiring passengers.
It said the service resumption has caused convenience for the passengers, which resulted in the increment in their numbers as compared to the past.
The corporation had suspended its services to the hilly districts of Sudurpashim some time ago citing a lack of passengers and aircraft as well. But, private airlines companies would arrange occasional flights on a need basis.
The NAC has, however, yet to reach Patan Airport, Baitadi with its service. The private Summit Air has been operating its flights to the Patan Airport.
The corporation’s executive chairman Ubaraj Adhikari says homework is underway to operate regular flights to other hilly districts in Sudurpaschim.