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November 4, 2019

Nepal Airlines to operate flights to Guangzhou from December 2019


Kathmandu: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is all set to operate flights to Guangzhou of China from the third week of December 2019, RSS reported Monday. It is almost certain that the national flag-carrier will get permission to operate flight to Guangzhou after long efforts, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation stated.

According to the Ministry’s Airlines Industries Management Division, NAC’s operation of flight to Guangzhou has been guaranteed under the bilateral understanding reached in course of the air services agreement inked recently between Nepal and China. “It is almost certain NAC’s plane will fly to Guangzhou. Most probably, the flights will be operated from mid-December,” an official at the Ministry said.

The Chinese side had put a condition that permission for flight would be issued only after carrying out a safety audit of NAC and a team of Chinese technicians will be arriving in Nepal within November 16 for that purpose. However, an understanding was reached among the officials of the China Civil Aviation Administration and the Civil Administration officials of Nepal after exchanging the required documents during the signing of the air service agreement held in China to operate the flights.

As per this understanding, NAC will get the ‘slot’ for operating flights to Guangzhou. Meanwhile, NAC has started the initiatives for operating flights to the Chinese capital Beijing and Shanghai. It is also in touch with the Chinese air regulatory body for this purpose.

NAC’s spokesperson Ganesh Bahadur Chand said initiatives are underway. Chand said a team of Chinese technicians will come to Nepal in December to carry out the NAC’s safety audit for the operation of flights to these two destinations. It is believed the NAC will get permission to operate flights to Beijing and Shanghai.

Himalaya Airlines which runs with a joint investment of Nepal and China has already started its direct flights to Beijing from October 27. It is already preparing to expand its flights to five more destinations in China.

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