KATHMANDU: Cathay Pacific Airways will operate direct flight from Hong Kong to Kathmandu from October 1.
The flag carrier of Hong Kong has obtained permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to conduct one flight a week (Saturday), according to CAAN’s spokesperson Jagannath Niroula.
According to Niroula, Cathay Pacific’s authority has already completed all the processes to operate the direct flight. The company has requested for 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm slot while the CAAN is mulling over to provide a slot after 8:00 pm, he shared.
Presently, Nepal Airlines Corporation has been operating flights from Kathmandu to Hong Kong and vice versa. Hong Kong is considered an important aviation destination due to dominance of Nepali Diaspora there.
Meanwhile, a total of 26 international airlines including two Nepalis, have been operating international flights to and from the Tribhuvan International Airport at present.
The international airlines belonging to 21 countries including Nepal have been operating direct flights to the respective nations.
Prior to Covid 19 pandemic, international airlines from 30 countries operated flights at the TIA. Currently, 70 flights are operative to and from TIA on a daily basis on average.
Nepal has inked aviation agreements with 40 countries so far.
(with inputs from RSS)