Turkish Airlines – one of the leading European carriers – is starting direct flights from Istanbul to Kathmandu from September.
The airline will fly on Istanbul-Kathmandu route four times a week, starting September 1, according to Adnan Aykac, Turkish Airlines’ General Manager for Northern and Eastern India.
“We will fly to Nepal on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Nepal can utilize this opportunity to attract more loyal tourists from the west,” he added.
Nepal and Turkey signed an Air Service Agreement (ASA) in September 2010, allowing carriers of both the countries to operate 14 flights a week between Kathmandu and Istanbul.
The airline is using Airbus A330 aircraft for Kathmandu flights.
“The direct flight will not only contribute to Nepal’s economy and tourism but also play a vital role in linking Kathmandu with other parts of world, Joy Dewan, Managing Director of Zenith Travels — the General Sales Agent for Turkish Airlines in Nepal, said. “Turkish Airlines will be the only airline that has a direct flight from Europe to Kathmandu.”