As part of the Central government’s Vande Bharat Mission, India’s national carrier Air India on Friday announced weekly flight schedule to Kathmandu in Nepal and said it will operate flights to the Himalayan nation on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. Fly non-stop between Delhi and Kathmandu every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, the airline said in a tweet.
As per earlier reports, the national flag carriers of Nepal and India have increased the number of weekly flights from two to six on the Kathmandu-Delhi route under the air bubble arrangement between the two countries.
At present, the airlines of both countries are operating flights under an air bubble arrangement between Nepal and India that allows one weekly flight in either direction amidst the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, there has been an increase in demand for tickets with an exponential rise in the number of outbound passengers from Kathmandu, mostly travelling for medical treatment, and passengers have been scrambling to get tickets on the route.
Raj Kumar Chettri, the spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, told the Kathmandu Post that Nepal Airlines and Air India have been permitted to operate three flights a week each and will be effective from Monday.
As per the approved schedule, now Air India will operate flights on the sector on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, while Nepal Airlines, which operates services every Wednesday, is yet to get the slot approval from India’s civil aviation regulator.