Domestic flights take to the skies after two months

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Kathmandu: Operations of domestic flights which were put off to stem the outbreak of Covid-19 have resumed after an interval of around two months.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the aviation regulatory body, has developed a flight calendar in a way to operate 64 flights daily.

The government had enforced prohibitory orders on April 29 to contain the pandemic. Likewise, domestic flights have been put off since May 3 and international flights since May 6.

Assessing the present pandemic when the regular flights have been put off at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the calendar is prepared to allow an interval of 10 minutes between flights. In normal times, a domestic flight takes off every two minutes. Avoiding crowds in the airport terminals was also kept into consideration while developing the calendar.

According to TIA’s General Manager Pratap Babu Tiwari, Buddha Air has been permitted to operate 31 flights while Yeti Airlines 15, Shree Airlines seven, Sourya Airlines three and three each for the airlines operating flights towards STOL.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation had directed the CAAN to operate flights limiting their frequencies to 50 percent of total domestic flights effective from July 1 until another notice.