Nepal Airlines gets permission for Guangzhou flights


An Airbus A380 aircraft sits on the tarmac of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in this file photo. (Photo:

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has received go-ahead from China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAA) to operate scheduled flights to Guangzhou.

According to officials of the national flag carrier, the Chinese aviation regulator approved Nepal’s request to operate flight to Guangzhou after studying necessary documents sbumitted by the airline and also due to diploamtic efforts made by Nepal.

Earlier, CAAA had said that it would allow NAC to operate flights in China only after conducting its safety audit. But the Chinese aviation regulator decided to allow Nepal to fly into Chinese skies without conducting any such audits.

NAC officials say that they would announce flight schedule only after completing other preparations like appointment of GSA and marketing of the destination, among others.

Guangzhou is the third busiest airport in China in terms of aircraft movement. In 2018, it handled 69.7 million passengers and 1.89 billion tons of cargo. Of late it is emerging as a hub for passengers heading to the US and Australia, among others.

Nepal Airlines will have to compete with China Southern for cargo and passengers in Kathmandu-Guangzhou sector. The Chinese carrier is flying two times a day to Kathmandu form Guangzhou.

Nepal and China revised Air Service Agreement earlier in July. As per the agreement, Nepali carriers can operate 98 flights per week to any Chinese airport.

Another Nepali carrier, Himalaya Airlines, has been operating scheduled flights to Beijing.



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