Nepal Airlines to resume thrice-a-week direct services between Kathmandu-Kolkata by the Pujas,


KOLKATA: Come the Pujas (or “Diwalis, the latest”), the Nepal Airlines will resume thrice-a-week direct flight operations between Kolkata and Kathmandu.
At an Interactive Session organized by CII Eastern Region with industry leaders, the Nepal Ambassador, H E Mr Deep Kumar Upadhyay said this is in response to increased business possibilities and projected rise of tourists, both outbound and inbound. The Nepal Government is also keen to see direct bus services between Kolkata and Kathmandu, the Ambassador said, adding that this will go a long way in increasing tourists’ flow. Nepal Airlines will operate an Airbus 320 which can seat 160 passengers.
It may be recalled that direct flight services between Kathmandu and Kolkata had been stopped some three years ago. Currently, Air India is the only carrier to operate direct flights between the two cities. If the volume of business picks up, it will soon become a seven-day-a-week service. Currently, Nepal Airlines runs direct flight services to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. The Nepal Ambassador also said the Nepalese Government will be “extremely happy” if the State Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, visits Nepal. “I am keen to meet the Chief Minister during my stay in Kolkata,” said the Ambassador, who also thanked the State Government for its great humanitarian gestures during the devastating earthquakes. “We are touched and moved,” he said, adding that opportunities for investors are enormous and opulent in Nepal. “Go over there and focus on investments,” he said.