Kingfisher Airlines — a private Indian airline — is set to operate Kathmandu-Delhi-Kathmandu flights from April 24. However, it has postponed its Mumbai-Kathmandu-Mumbai flights till June 30.
Online PR News – 23-April-2010 – – According to Tri Ratna Manandhar, deputy director at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Kingfisher Airlines is going to start its flights from Delhi to Kathmandu from April 24, while Mumbai flights will only be after June 30. "Kingfisher Airlines was supposed to start its flight from March 20 but it was postponed till April 24," he said.
Air India, Jet Airlines, and Jet Lite are already flying on Kathmandu-Delhi-Kathmandu flights. Kingfisher Airlines will be another Indian airlines flying on the route.
At present, there are 42 daily flights from Delhi to Kathmandu while total the number of flights from Mumbai is seven.
Nepal Tourism Year 2011 coordinating committee has expected a visit of at least 3,00,000 Indian tourists during the year 2011 and the rising number of flights suggests the target could be met.
Meanwhile, more International airlines like Malaysian Airlines are planning to fly to Kathmandu. Malaysian Airlines has got permission for operation but its schedule has yet to be made public. Similarly, Oman Air has is scheduled to fly to kathmandu from June 17, according to CAAN.
According to the tourism entrepreneurs, Indian tourists are quality tourist with high purchase capacity. Indian tourists spend 40 per cent more than tourist from other countries. They are rich and can afford lengthy stay, the entrepreneurs said adding that the government is planning to announce different tourist destination in Tarai targeting the Indian tourist. There are places in Tarai which will be announced as the New tourist destination aiming to promote the region as new tourist destinations for NTY 2011.
Biratnagar, Janakpur, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj are some of the places identified as the new tourist destinations, which can attract more Indian tourists due to cultural and traditional relations between the two South Asian neighbours.
According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) immigration tourist arrival data of March, tourist arrival from South Asian region has increased by 21 per cent with Indian tourist arrival growing to 35.5 per cent.
Jet Airlines Kathmandu-Delhi flights 14
Jet Airlines Kathmandu-Mumbai flights 7
Jet Lite Kathmandu-Delhi flights 7
Indian Airlines Kathmandu-Delhi flights 14
Indian Airlines Kathmandu-Kolkata flights 4
Indian Airlines Kathmandu-Varanasi flights 4
Nepal Airlines Kathmandu-Delhi flights 7
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