Arrivals up 24 pc in August
Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of August have increased by 24.3 percent compared to the arrival figures of same periodlast year.
According to the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 34,415 tourists arrived in Nepal inAugust.
The arrivals from South Asian region have gained overall positive growth of 34.9 percent with Bangladesh (51.6 percent), India (35.1percent) and Sri Lanka (57 percent), registering positive growth.
Visitor arrivals from Pakistan, however, declined by 20.2 percent. “The robust growth of 20 percent has been observed in the arrivals fromSouth Asian region during the first eight months this year in comparison withthe same period last year,” Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said in astatement.
The arrivals from Asian countries (other than South Asian region) have maintained the upward trend with the region recording double digitgrowth of 27.7 percent. The arrivals from China registered a
Similarly, arrivals from Malaysia increased by 85.7 percent and South Korea by 28.6 percent. However, Japan, Singapore and Thailand havedeclined by 5.3 percent, 32.9 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively.
The figures also show increasing trend in the visitor arrivals from Australia and New Zealand with a growth of 16.8 percent and 28.1percent. The arrivals from the US have registered positive growth of
Spicejet starting Nepal flights from October
India’s budget carrier Spicejet is starting flights on New Delhi-Kathmandu route from October 7. Kathmandu will be Spicejet’s firstinternational destination.
Zenith Travels, the general sales agents of Spicejet in Nepal, informed that Spicejet would be the first Indian budget carrier to spreadits wings to the international sky. The airline is likely to fix Kathmandu-NewDelhi airfare at IRs 1,499. It further informed that the airline will fly sixtimes a week on the route.
Meanwhile, national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation is planning to restart flight on Kathmandu-New Delhi route after September 15.NAC has halted New Delhi flights after its aircraft was grounded due to itsfaulty gear last month.
Oman Air begins Nepal flights
Oman Air, the national flag carrier of Sultanate of Oman, started scheduled flights on Muscat-Kathmandu route from 2 September. Kathmanduis Oman Air’s 40th destination. The new flight is expected to bring moretourists from the Gulf countries along with expansion of trade and investment inNepal.
The airline with operate Boeing 737-700 aircraft with business and economy class seat configuration. Apart from flight to Omanicapital Muscat, the airline will offer easy connections to other destinationslike Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai in the UAE and other destinations in West Asiaand Europe, according to Amarabati Travels – the GSA of Oman Air.
The airline currently operates direct flights between Muscat and major Gulf destinations like Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadhand Kuwait. It has been flying to 10 destinations in India.
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