The Nepali government has clarified that the Himalayan country has not allowed commercial chartered flights during the ongoing suspension of international flights that Nepal has been enforcing since March.
By issuing a notice on Saturday evening, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the aviation regulatory body, said that it has noticed that some international airlines have commenced booking for commercial passenger flights to and from Nepal.
“As you know Nepal has suspended all commercial flights other than repatriation flight. Permission to operate passenger repatriation flights requires procession through diplomatic channel,” the notice states.
Citing this provision, the CAAN asked the international airlines to refrain from booking for schedule or passenger chartered flights originating or with destination to Nepal. Nepali government had last week extended suspension of international flights on its sky till June 30 as a part of preventing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal.
Kedar Bahadur Adhikari, secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation told Xinhua on Sunday that the notice was issued to ensure compliance of the Nepali government’s decision.
“Another reason behind issuing such notice is that we found some international airlines issuing tickets directly from different parts of the world at exuberant fair for chartered flights from or to Nepal without taking approval from the Nepali government,” he said. “They took such step as we have not allowed any Nepali travel agencies to issue tickets of airlines.”