Thai Lion Air — a low cost airline — has received permission to operate scheduled flight on Bangkok-Kathmandu-Bangkok sector.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) took the decision to this effect last Monday.
The carrier will fly to Kathmandu from Don Mueang International Airport — one of the two international airports in Bangkok. According to tourism ministry officials, the budget carrier has received permission to fly to Kathmandu seven times a week.
Thai Lion Air is an associate of Indonesia-based Lion Air. It operates a fleet of 32 aircraft — three Airbus A330-300, 11 Boeing 737-800, 17 Boeing 737-900 ER and one Boeing 737 Max 9. It has placed order for six Boeing 737-800 and eight Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft.
Thai Lion Air will be the third airlines to link Bangkok with Kathmandu after Nepal Airlines Corporation and Thai Airways.
Lion Thai Air plans to start flying to Nepal from next month. However, it is yet to get slot from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).
Meanwhile, Oman-based Salam Air has also applied for permission to operate flights between Muscat and Kathmandu. Tourism ministry officials say no decision has been taken on Salam Air’s application yet.