Nepal to resume international & domestic flights from August

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said that they are ready to follow all the health and safety protocols. They will take care of the safety measures from check-ins to disembarking, to aircraft disinfection procedure, to a screening of passengers for the safe operation of flights based on health protocols.

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Nepal to resume international & domestic flights from August. The policy times

The decline of Covid cases in Nepal had led to the resumption of International and Domestic flights from August 17 and August 5 respectively. The Tourism Ministry is working on the plan of restarting the flight services. The first round of flights will be to and from capital Kathmandu.

 

With 17,344 Covid- 19 cases, Nepal on Thursday, reported 167 new Covid cases in a day, which is a drop from the highest record of 740 cases on July 3. According to the Tourism Ministry, Nepal’s tourism sector has incurred a huge loss of around $332 million by July 21 since the lockdown that was imposed in the month of March.

 

Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe, Minister for Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs said, “All flights will be operated by following special health and safety protocols.” To stop the spread of the virus rapidly the Nepal government from March 20 had banned the entering of all passengers and tourists including Nepali’s from entering the country from European Union territories, including United Kingdom, West Asia, Gulf Countries and countries like Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan and immediately after four days had imposed a nationwide lockdown.

 

On Monday (July 20, 2020) Nepal’s total number of Covid- 19 cases went up to 17, 844 with 186 new cases, and 40 deaths so far. Around 11, 868 Covid patients or rather 66.51 % of the total cases have been sent home with 173 discharged in the past 24 hours.       

 


The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has completed an assessment on how many passengers would Kathmandu’s domestic Airport terminal accommodate to maintain the safety measure of social distancing. It has been reported that the airport can handle a maximum of 300 passengers per hour maintaining social distancing criteria. With the sudden closure of the border and internal travel for about 4 months, the booming tourism sector of Nepal is on the verge of collapse and it is not likely to recover soon.

 

A travel trade entrepreneur Yogendra Sakya said, “We have to do a lot of homework and hold extensive discussion with health professionals, the government and the industry players on how to build confidence of foreign tour operators and tourists as well. We have to be always well prepared to handle our tourists.”

 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said that they are ready to follow all the health and safety protocols. They will take care of the safety measures from check-ins to disembarking, to aircraft disinfection procedure, to a screening of passengers for the safe operation of flights based on health protocols. They have even reduced the fare price by 30 percent. According to the official of the Civil Aviation Ministry, there are thousands of Nepali’s who are in many countries and cannot afford chartered flights as the cost is three times more and as soon as the service resume they will be able to come back. 

 

Tourism is one of the major foreign currency earners for Nepal is facing a huge setback. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, travel and tourism contribute to the country’s gross domestic product, which in 2018 stood at 7.9 percent. The sector being massively affected will take a longer time for a revival. In such a condition Sakya said, “It’s all about survival in such a scenario, only if we survive now, we can then move ahead for revival.”

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