Domestic airlines hike airfare

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File photo of Buddha Air’s ATR aircraft at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Domestic airlines have increased airfare by around two percent with effect from Monday.

They raised the airfare after Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) hiked price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) by Rs 6 per liter to Rs 143.

A meeting of Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) had taken the decision to raise airfare on Friday.

The government allows doemstic airlines to hike fuel surchage if ATF price his hiked by more than Rs 4 per liter. The decision means airfare will increased in the range of Rs 65 to Rs 235 depending on routes. Airfare to Simara — the nearest destination from Kathmandu — has increased by Rs 65, while tickets to Dhangadhi — the farthest destination from Kathmandu — will be dearer by Rs 265.

Airlines have raised airfare for mountain flights by Rs 225, Pokhara by Rs 100, Bhairahawa by Rs 120, Biratnagar by Rs 140, Nepalgunj by Rs 180, Tumlingtar by Rs 100, Janakpur by Rs 90, Bharatpur by Rs 80 and Lukla by Rs 85.

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