Space being marked for social distancing at domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). (File photo).
KATHMANDU: With the commitment from the government to let the domestic flights resume from September 21, the airlines are planning to open booking from Thursday.
The bookings are being opened even though the concerned authorities are still undecided on destinations.
According to Deputy Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Raj Kumar Chhetri, the government has not fixed the destinations to which the flights will be allowed.
“We have not got the list of destinations yet, once we get the list we will permit the airlines accordingly,” Chhetri said, “Most probably, only one-third flight be opened in the first phase, we will provide the permit on the same ratio.”
Earlier, the government had decided to resume flights from August 17. Accordingly, CAA had also agreed to grant a permit to 33 percent of flights in the first phase, but the prohibitory orders issued in major cities including the capital valley to curb wide-spreading pandemic disturbed former plan.
However, the Monday’s meeting of the Council of Minister has decided to open the flights from September 21.
Among the flights cancelled in Nepal since March 23, international flights have resumed partially from September 1.
To entertain the flight service, all passengers have to abide by the health safety measures issued by the Ministry of Health and CAA.