Published on 11th Dec, 2019!
Airline operators seek permit to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu this season
The Airline Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has requested Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai to allow them to operate flights to Lukla directly from Kathmandu until the maintenance works at the Manthali airport are completed.
During a meeting held today at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), representatives from AOAN sought permission from the ministry to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu as the Manthali airport in Ramechhap district is being upgraded at present.
As per AOAN, tourists have been facing problems due to lack of facilities at Manthali airport. Until the government finishes upgrading the Manthali airport’s capacity, flights to Lukla should be operated from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), AOAN said. Likewise, the association has requested the minister to take the initiative to enhance road connectivity from Kathmandu to Ramechhap for the convenience of road travellers.
As the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has announced about operating regular flights to Lukla from Manthali, the maintenance of the airport is under way at the moment.
Likewise, AOAN has also requested the tourism minister to introduce a policy allowing them to operate flights in restricted areas.