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May 5, 2021

Emergency flights allowed from four airports besides Kathmandu

Kathmandu: In case of emergency, the airlines will be able to get flight permission from four more airport offices outside valley besides Kathmandu.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to allow emergency flights from four airports besides Tribhuvan Airport.

According to CAAN sources, emergency flights can be obtained from Tribhuvan Airport Office, Nepalgunj Civil Aviation Office, Pokhara Civil Aviation Office, Surkhet Civil Aviation Office and Tenzing Hillary Airport in Lukla. Earlier, emergency flights were allowed only from Kathmandu.

The government has suspended domestic scheduled flights with effect from Tuesday, calling for control of the corona virus epidemic. International scheduled flights will be closed from tomorrow (Thursday).

However, in the meantime, medical, mountaineering climbers can be rescued. Cargo and chartered flights can also be done. CAAN has also requested the concerned offices to send the details of the flight permits issued to the head office.

Thousands of climbers and allies are now in the Khumbu area. They are starting to climb Himals within the next one or two weeks. Helicopter then has to rescue those who are uncomfortable during the ascent.

Also, those returning from climbing have to be brought to Kathmandu from Lukla. In that situation, the airlines have now opened the way to rescue tourists by getting flight permission from the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority in Lukla.

Apart from this, rescue work of critically ill patients is also being carried out across the country by helicopters due to the epidemic of corona virus.

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