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Solukhumbu-Lukla flight to operate from Manthali (kh 23/09/2022)

Nepal's removal from EU air safety list likely, by Kiran Lama (ht 22/09/2022), EU air safety audit  (ht 23/09/2022)

Nepal Airlines to sell Chinese planes if nobody wants to lease them : The aircraft spent more time on the ground than in the air, and they were becoming a financial burden on the debt-ridden national flag carrier, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/09/2022)

80 percent air tickets booked for Dashain (kh 20/09/2022)

Panel's nod for NIA : The govt must start building NIA after analysing its overall economic prospects (ht 20/09/2022)

GBIA starts operating regular international flights from Friday, by Rekha Bhusal (rep 17/09/2022)

Air services in Baitadi closed for six months (kh 15/09/2022)

Technical glitches delay two NAC flights (ht 15/09/2022)

Tourism hamstrung as government delays passing twin aviation bills : Nepal needs to split the Civil Aviation Authority into service provider and regulator to get out of the European Commission’s air safety list, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/09/2022) [Continued anti-national disinterest of Nepali governments for years: Incompetence, protectionism, corruption, what are the backgrounds?]

NAC plane bound to Japan returns to Kathmandu after smoke detected in aircraft (rep 14/09/2022)

Aviation fuel supply stopped at three airports including Gautam Buddha Int’l Airport (rep 10/09/2022)

Jazeera Airways to operate flights at GBIA on daily basis from September 6  (kh 30/08/2022)

January 1 opening of Pokhara airport, insiders say, is a flight of fancy : There are many environmental, technical and social issues that need to be addressed before flights can be cleared, which may take months, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/08/2022)

Himalaya Airlines conducts test flight at Gautam Buddha Int’l Airport (rep 26/08/2022)

Govt resumes transit visa service to passengers bound to third countries via Nepali airports (kh 23/08/2022), Foreign nationals can now go to third countries via Nepal (rep 23/08/2022)

50pc discount on ground handling for foreign airlines operating at GBIA (ht 20/08/2022)

Plane lands at Suketar Airport three months after closure (kh 19/08/2022)

China halts Himalayan Airlines flights after passengers test positive for COVID19 (kh 16/08/2022)

Nepal Airlines at a loss as Chinese planes begin to rust : The aircraft cost more money to operate than what they were bought for. Government is repaying EXIM Bank of China, as carrier has no plans to fly the planes or get rid of them, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/08/2022), The incompetent bunch : Who were the people who decided that a plane which had no financial viability should be bought? (kp 12/08/2022)

Himalaya Airlines operates a diplomatic chartered flight to China’s Qingdao (rep 10/08/2022)

Pokhara Regional Int’l Airport to come into operation from Jan 1 (nlt 08/08/2022), Pokhara Int’l Airport to be inaugurated on Jan 1, 2023 (nlt 18/08/2022)

Unfinished Karnali airports, by Lalit Bista (rep 07/08/2022)

Shree Airlines aircraft makes emergency landing at Nepalgunj airport (nlt 04/08/2022)

Himalaya Airlines releases its CSR Report for the pandemic years (rep 04/08/2022)

Passengers disembarked after “report of terrorist onboard” NA plane (kh 03/08/2022), Suspicious person arrested from NAC’s flight bound to Mumbai (rep 03/08/2022)

CAAN’s income increases by 16.67 per cent (kh 01/08/2022) [If tourism and air travel are to be improved, the extreme airport fees urgently need to be reduced to an internationally customary standard!]

Air services disrupted in Humla for four days (kh 01/08/2022)

CAAN which could spend only Rs 21.32 billion last FY gets a budget of Rs 41 billion this FY (rep 01/08/2022)

Tourism Minister Shrestha wants EU’s nod on Nepal’s flight safety (kh 30/07/2022), EU team to visit Nepal to conduct a safety audit on air ban list (rep 31/07/2022), What CAAN must do : It will be a reward for CAAN if it can convince the EU to remove Nepali airlines from its blacklist (ht 02/08/2022), UN watchdog asks Nepal to split Civil Aviation Authority : The planned separation into service provider and regulator to avoid conflict of interest has been constantly facing setbacks as carriers from Nepal are barred from flying into EU, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/08/2022)

Yeti aircraft makes emergency landing in Pokhara airport minutes after taking off (kh 29/07/2022)

Tourism Minister Shrestha urges India to provide new air route (rep 22/07/2022)

Bharatpur Airport expansion to start soon: Tourism Minister Shrestha (kh 21/07/2022)

Pokhara airport opening delayed again to December : The completion deadline has been extended as calibration flights and testing of communication and navigation equipment are yet to be done, by Sangam Prasain (kp 15/07/2022)

NAC loses millions of rupees due to pilot’s refusal to fly (rep 13/07/2022)

What’s up with Nijgadh International Airport?, by Pratik Ghimire (ae 07/07/2022)

Nepalgunj Airport averts huge damage (rep 05/07/2022)

Yeti Airlines to start ‘inflight entertainment service’ for first time in domestic flights (rep 05/07/2022)

French Civil Aviation Authority commits to remove Nepal from EU blacklist (rep 05/07/2022)

Coalition leaders announce to build international airport in Nijgadh (kh 02/07/2022), Deck Cleared To Build Nijgadh Airport, by Ballav Dahal (rn 04/07/2022) [???], Why are the top leaders of the ruling coalition defending the Nijgadh Airport project? The top leaders of the ruling coalition–Sher Bahadur Deuba, Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal–look committed to the Nijgadh Airport project, whatever the supreme court verdict. Why are they so bent? (nlt 08/07/2022)

Airport to be constructed in Sindhuli, by Anil Bhandari (rep 02/07/2022)

Nepal Airlines Corporation turns 65 (kh 01/07/2022)

Two more int'l airlines to have regular flights to and from TIA (rep 30/06/2022), Thai Smile Airways operating flight to TIA from today (kh 01/07/2022), Thai Smile starts Bangkok-Kathmandu flight (rep 02/07/2022)

Pokhara Regional Int’l Airport: Road to cross Ritthepani hill opened, landfill site not finalized (rep 30/06/2022)

Aircraft start going to regional airports for night-stop parking (rep 30/06/2022), Right decision : CAAN's decision to shift most of the aircraft to six airports will help manage parking congestion at TIA (ht 30/06/2022)

Top court quashes all decisions related to Nijgadh airport : In a 3-2 ruling, the Supreme Court, however, keeps options open for building an international airport, with strict conditions of minimal environmental damage, by Sangam Prasain, Binod Ghimire and Tika R Pradhan (kp 30/06/2022), Full text of verdict barring airport at Nijgadh out, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 30/06/2022), Nijgadh International Airport in high priority: Minister Shrestha (rep 01/07/2022)

Flights disrupted for three days (kh 28/06/2022), Adverse weather affects domestic flights (kh 28/06/2022)

After seeing man on TIA runway, plane ‘overshoots’ to avoid accident (kh 27/06/2022)

Nepal Airlines Corporation to revise 10-year business plan (kh 27/06/2022)

“Inquiring in Kathmandu no longer a compulsion” (kh 26/06/2022)

Wizz Air to launch services to Bhairahawa Int’l Airport from September (nlt 24/06/2022)

Airlines hit hardest by Nepal’s fuel hike : “The mindset that aviation is a luxury must change. It is a service.” (nt 24/06/2022)

CAAN and AOAN call a truce (ht 23/06/2022)

Ad-hoc decisions put Nepal’s aviation—and tourism—in disarray : The civil aviation body is not the only one wreaking havoc on the industry, the tourism minister has done his share of the damage too, insiders say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/06/2022)

Airline operators threaten to ground all their aircraft from Wednesday if their demands are not met (rep 21/06/2022), Airlines operators to provide regular air service from 11 am today : "Negotiations will continue, but for now we will not stop the air service" (kh 22/06/2022), Flight disruption averted, talks on, by Sangay Sherpa (ht 22/06/2022)

Two more international airlines preparing to start flights from GBIA (nlt 20/06/2022)

Domestic airfare goes up as NOC jacks up fuel prices to record level (nlt 20/06/2022), Airline companies hike airfares by up to Rs 1,020 per travel citing increased fuel prices (rep 20/06/2022)

CAAN unveils mandatory provision for night-stop parking of planes  (kh 20/06/2022)

Resunga Airport : Locals await to board flight for 16 years (rn 20/06/2022)

CAAN mandates two pilots on helicopter flight for VIPs (kh 20/06/2022) [Yes, VIPs are of higher value and need special protection! What kind of discrimination is this against ordinary passengers?]

60 years of living dangerously : Pilots in Nepal are trained not to fly into clouds because there could be mountains in them, yet it continues to happen, by Kunda Dixit (nt 17/06/2022)

Crash Course : Nepal needs more accountable leaders and better governance for this carnage in our skies to stop (nt 17/06/2022)

Nepal, Bangladesh to discuss power trade, investment in 2 hydel projects : The South Asian country has shown eagerness to import Nepal’s electricity and proposed to supply to Nepal during the dry season, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/06/2022)

CAAN tightens operation of flights on Pokhara-Jomsom route, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 15/06/2022)

Government announces to reduce old aircraft purchase-period by five years  (kh 15/06/2022)

Jazeera’s airbus makes emergency landing at Gautam Buddha Intl’s Airport (kh 14/06/2022)

Locals affected by Biratnagar Airport expansion project protest : They warn of stern protest if government fails to address their demands of either providing due compensation or lifting provision halting their land registration process, by Binod Bhandari (kp 14/06/2022)

Inclement weather disrupts flight services at Lukla Airport : Tourists stranded (kh 13/06/2022)

Minister Ale lays foundation stone for new arrival terminal building at TIA (rep 12/06/2022)

Nijgadh Int’l Airport mired in uncertainty, by Laxman Kafle and Purushottam P. Khatri (rn 12/06/2022)

Ensure Safety In Air Travel, by Yug Bahadur (rn 10/06/2022)

Regular flights resume in Humla, by Rajan Rawat (rn 07/06/2022)

Flights to and from Simara Airport curtailed until June 27 (rep 03/06/2022)

Aborted landing in Nijgad : The project is a logging concession masquerading as an airport, it is a disastrous mix of kleptomania and megalomania (nt 04/06/2022)

Airline operators say it’s impossible to have two pilots in one helicopter (rep 03/06/2022)

Buddha Air aircraft en route to Bhadrapur returns to Kathmandu (nlt 01/06/2022)

Flight services disrupted as fuel tanker overturns at Pokhara Airport (kh 31/05/2022), Flight services resume after fuel tanker removed from Pokhara Airport (kh 31/05/2022)

Pilot’s right to decide on weather curtailed (kh 31/05/2022)

Nijgadh controversy : True, another big airport can be built elsewhere, but it cannot serve as an alternative to the TIA (ht 30/05/2022), Govt says it’s taking Nijgadh Airport project forward despite SC order to stop it (rep 30/05/2022) [This is a clear contempt of court! The decision of the SC is binding on the government!], House panel directs govt to remove legal obstacles to Nijgadh Airport (rep 30/05/2022)

Tara Air aircraft flying from Pokhara to Jomsom goes out of contact (kh 29/05/2022), Update: Two helicopters mobilized to trace missing Tara Air plane (kh 29/05/2022), Tara Air update: Search operation affected due to inclement weather conditions (kh 29/05/2022), Government asks locals to help with search, rescue effort for missing aircraft (kh 29/05/2022), Tara Air airplane is suspected to have crashed (With list of passengers and crew members), by Santosh Pokharel (rep 29/05/2022), Captain Ghimire's phone tracked, aircraft located around Larke of Lete area in Mustang (ht 29/05/2022), Rescue teams head towards TT Lake where pilot’s mobile phone’s signal tracked (kh 29/05/2022), Nepal Army chopper lands at suspected Tara Air plane crash site based on tracking of Captain's cell phone, by Subodh Gautam (rep 29/05/2022), Missing Tara Air aircraft found crashed in Mustang (nlt 30/05/2022), Missing Tara Air plane found crashed at Thasang-2 in Mustang (kh 30/05/2022), Difficult to identify bodies, say locals who reach Tara Air crash site (kh 30/05/2022), Tara Air crash: 14 bodies recovered; search underway to find others (kh 30/05/2022), 20 bodies recovered from Tara Air crash site : The Twin Otter with 22 people on board, including three crew members, had slammed into a mountain at 14,500ft, by Sangam Prasain (kp 30/05/2022), CAAN preliminary probe attributes bad weather for Tara Air plane crash (kh 30/05/2022), Rescuers pull 21 dead bodies from Tara Air aircraft crash site in Nepal’s mountains : A total of 10 dead bodies are being brought to Kathmandu through a chopper of the Nepal Army for post-mortem at TU Teaching Hospital (nlt 30/05/2022), All bodies of those killed in Tara Air plane crash retrieved : 12 bodies being airlifted to Kathmandu (kh 31/05/2022), Tara Air aircraft crash: 10 more bodies brought to Kobang, black box recovered (nlt 31/05/2022), Nepal missing passenger plane with 22 people aboard found crashed in a mountain : Wreckage of the Twin Otter that flew for Jomsom from Pokhara on Sunday morning was located near a mountain in Mustang on Monday morning, by Sangam Prasain (kp 31/05/2022)

Supreme Court orders govt not to build international airport in Nijgadh (kh 26/05/2022), Nepal’s top court bars govt to construct Nijgadh International Airport : Conservationists and environmentalists were against the plan arguing that it would cause irreparable damage to the environment and wildlife in the eastern Terai's only remaining natural hardwood forest (nlt 26/05/2022), Supreme Court says no to Nijgadh airport over environmental concerns : An extended full bench quashes all decisions regarding the airport, envisioned as alternative to Kathmandu airport, by Sangam Prasain and Tika R Pradhan (kp 27/05/2022)

High costs of fuel and ground handling keeping airlines away : The government spent nearly Rs40 billion to build Bhairahawa airport, and it has been trying hard to get foreign airlines to use it, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/05/2022), Airlines companies that operate int’l flights to and from GBIA to get exemption of all charges for a year (rep 26/05/2022)

Plans to build airport and roads in Karnali (rep 25/05/2022)

Jazeera Airbus grounded at Gautam Buddha Int’l Airport (kh 23/05/2022)

Jazeera Airways announces launch of service to GBIA (rep 19/05/2022),  Jazeera to conduct three flights a week to Kuwait from Gautam Buddha Int'l Airport (rn 19/05/2022)

Direct flights between Kathmandu and Kunming to resume from May 30 (rep 18/05/2022)

Nepal asks India to provide additional air routes (rep 17/05/2022)

Int’l flights start from Nepal’s second international airport (rep 16/05/2022), Commercial flight service begins at GBIA, PM Deuba inaugurates the airport (rep 16/05/2022), Bhairahawa goes wow as second international airport opens : For entrepreneurs and traders, the construction of the airport is an historic event, and symbolises the effort to decentralise development, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/05/2022)

Bhairawa’s new airport already too small : Design flaws and bad planning limit benefits of Nepal’s 2nd international airport (nt 13/05/2022)

Jazeera to operate regular flights from June 12 at GBIA (rep 12/05/2022)

Buddha Air to operate night flights from May 15 (rep 12/05/2022)

Shree Airlines aircraft makes emergency landing at Kathmandu airport after engine failure (nlt 11/05/2022)

NTB to operate shuttle bus service for tourists on election day (nlt 11/05/2022)

DAO Banke directs Nepalgunj Civil Aviation Office to take action against Tara Air (rep 11/05/2022)

Bhairahawa airport to open on May 16, but Modi won’t land there : Nepal’s second international airport, which has failed to market itself, would have drawn attention if the Indian prime minister landed there, officials say, by Sangam Prasain and Anil Giri (kp 10/05/2022)

Flight time extended in Nepalgunj Airport (rep 09/05/2022)

Flights resume in Karnali, Sudurpaschim (rn 09/05/2022)

Domestic flights to remain close on election day (nlt 09/05/2022)

Rumor of bomb at TIA turns out to be hoax : Flights to soon operate (kh 04/05/2022)

'There should be incentive schemes for airlines to connect the new airport', interview with Abdullah Tuncer Kececi, general manager of Turkish Airlines in Kathmandu (kp 03/05/2022)

Regular flights to and from TIA affected due to poor visibility (rep 30/04/2022), Adverse weather affects flights at TIA (nlt 30/04/2022)

Bhairahawa Airport disrupted due to flat tire of a Kathmandu-bound Buddha Air aircraft (kh 30/04/2022)

Both foreigners and Nepalis should be charged the same airfare: Minister Ale (rep 29/04/2022)

Domestic flights to operate 18 hours a day (nlt 27/04/2022), Seven more airports to operate for 18 hours from today (kh 28/04/2022), Domestic planes flying at night raises hopes of adding to the economy : Stakeholders upbeat as the civil aviation body decides to keep most airports in Tarai open until midnight from today, by Sangam Prasain (kp 28/04/2022), Private airlines threaten to halt domestic flights (ht 29/04/2022), CAAN warns domestic airlines of action if they refuse to implement night flight plan (rep 29/04/2022)

Test flight to be conducted at Gautam Buddha Airport on Thursday (kh 27/04/2022), A330 wide-body aircraft landing at Gautam Buddha Int’l Airport to mark test flight (rep 28/04/2022), NAC’s A330 wide-body aircraft lands successfully at Gautam Buddha International Airport (kh 28/04/2022)

In an encouraging move, UN aviation body raises Nepal’s air safety score : The International Civil Aviation Organisation has awarded Nepal an effective implementation score of 70.1 percent, ranking the country above the global average of 67.2 percent, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/04/2022)

NAC to conduct three weekly flights in Kathmandu-Narita sector starting May 1 (rep 26/04/2022)

High taxes make Nepal’s airports among the most expensive : The government has doubled, tripled passenger service charge which may hit tourism recovery, insiders say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 23/04/2022)

Jazeera Airways to operate flights to and from Gautam Buddha Airport beginning May 16 (rep 22/04/2022), Jazeera Air will be the first airline to fly to Gautam Budhha International Airport (kh 23/04/2022)

Nepal Airlines to fly to Saudi Arabia from Friday : SA becomes 8th international destination for national flag carrier (kh 22/04/2022), Nepal Airlines conducts maiden flight to Riyadh (nlt 25/0/2022)

Gautam Buddha International Airport comes into operation (kh 21/04/2022), Gautam Buddha International Airport begins operation with domestic flights (ht 22/04/2022)

Summit Air flight for Lukla makes safe landing at TIA (rep 17/04/2022)

Domestic flights to start at Gautam Buddha Airport from April 21, int’l flights from May 16 (rep 17/04/2022)

Visiting foreign tourists urged to pay for on-arrival visa in cash (kh 16/04/2022), Advice to travellers to carry cash attracts public criticism : The single ATM at Tribhuvan International Airport does not accept certain cards, and it is a good idea to carry cash, immigration officials said, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/04/2022), Home Minister directs govt bodies to repair ATM and X-ray machines at TIA to ensure hassles-free travel (rep 18/04/2022), Just one ATM : People are wondering in disbelief at the government’s callous approach (kp 19/04/2022), Notice urging tourists to carry cash for on-arrival visa revoked (nlt 19/04/2022)

TIA to operate 24 hours from May 29 (kh 16/04/2022)

Buddha Air to operate regular flights from Pokhara to New Delhi (rep 16/04/2022)

Nepal Airlines to start regular flights to Saudi Arabia from April 22 (rep 15/04/2022)

Landfill issue could delay opening of Pokhara airport : A nearby rubbish dump poses a bird-strike risk to aircraft. Until it is cleared, the airport remains off-limits, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/04/2022)

NAC Extends Concessional Flights In Karnali (rn 09/04/2022)

ICAO to start audit of Nepal’s aviation next week : The audit team is expected to show special interest in the level of progress in the separation of the civil aviation body, experts say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 06/04/2022)

Buddha Air aircraft makes emergency landing in Nepalgunj (kh 06/04/2022)

Passenger-friendly police response program to begin at TIA (kh 06/04/2022)

With COVID-19 case subside TIA records outflow higher than inflow (kh 06/04/2022)

Reduced Airlines Flights Affects Humla Locals (rn 05/04/2022)

Rabbit collides with aircraft at Nepalgunj Airport, by Arjun Oli (rep 05/04/2022)

Flight irregularity hits life of Karnali people (kh 04/04/2022)

Flights at TIA affected due to bad weather (nlt 03/04/2022), Flights At TIA Affected Due To Bad Weather (rn 03/04/2022)

11 Airlines Show Interest To Operate Commercial Flight At Gautam Buddha Int'l Airport, by Laxman Paudel (rn 03/04/2022)

Disaster involving NA plane averted in Bangkok (ht 02/04/2022)

GBIA To Begin Operation From Buddha Jayanti, by Laxman Paudel (rn 01/04/2022)

Has China handed over Pokhara intl’ airport in haste? Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has handed over the airport’s ceremonial key, but officials say there are still hurdles to be overcome for regular flight operation, by Krishna Mani baral (ae 31/03/2022)

Nepal's 2nd Int’l Airport Ready for Opening Amid Air Route Issues with India, by Hari Prasad Shrestha (rep 31/03/2022) [India denies Nepal its due international rights at every opportunity!]

There will be two flights to India daily : Minister Ale (rep 31/03/2022)

Govt bodies indifferent to work while foreigners complete work on time, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 30/03/2022)

Flights affected at TIA (kh 29/03/2022)

NAC resumes Kathmandu-Mumbai flight services (kh 28/03/2022)

93 percent work of Pokhara airport completed (rep 26/03/2022), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang To Handover 'Symbolic Key' Of Project To PM Deuba, by Krishna Dawadi (rn 26/03/2022), Pokhara International Airport handed over to Nepal (rep 27/03/2022)

Nepal wants to be off aviation blacklist. It has not passed key bills yet : The government has been working on the proposed legislation since 2009 when it made a commitment to ICAO to split the civil aviation body during the safety audit, by Sangam Prasain (kp 25/03/2022)

Hongkong lifts flights restrictions imposed to countries including Nepal (kh 21/03/2022)

CAAN warns of legal action against seven airlines (ht 21/03/2022)

Technical tests at Pokhara's new airport slated to begin in April : Ritthepani hill on the eastern side of the airport poses an approach hazard, and needs to be flattened, officials said, by Sangam Prasain (kp 20/03/2022)

NAC on the move to restore international flights (kh 17/03/2022)

Five airlines companies show interest to operate commercial flight at Gautam Buddha Int’l Airport (kh 15/03/2022)

Home Minister Khand raises questions over investment cost of Pokhara Regional Airport (kh 15/03/2022)

Jazeera Airways To Operate Regular Flight At Gautam Buddha Int'l Airport (rn 14/03/2022)

New Bhairahawa airport is ready, but airlines are not : No marketing or promotional campaign has been rolled out to attract international airlines, observers say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/03/2022), Nepal’s second int’l airport now ready for commercial flight operation (rep 11/03/2022)

NAC to conduct three flights a week to Saudi Arabia (kh 07/03/2022)

Domestic airfare goes up (nlt 05/03/2022), Airfare for domestic flights increases from today (kh 06/03/2022)

Hangars large enough to hold the Airbus A330 to be built at Kathmandu airport : This will expedite the implementation of the three-year Tribhuvan International Airport master plan and enhance aviation safety, officials said, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/03/2022)

Calibration flight at TIA conducted (rep 04/03/2022), Flights expected to be disrupted for two hours due to calibration test at TIA today (rep 04/03/2022)

Pokhara-Dhangadhi direct flight started (rep 03/03/2022)

Gautam Buddha International Airport to start commercial flights from May 16 (kh 02/03/2022)

In a serious security lapse, man boards aircraft without passport and ticket at Nepal’s international airport (nlt 23/02/2022), Home Ministry forms team to probe airport security breach : A man on Monday dodged three layers of security to sneak through the airport to reach the business class of a parked plane at Tribhuvan International Airport (kp 26/02/2022)

Kathmandu-Delhi airfare goes down to Rs 8,000 from 50,000 (kh 23/02/2022)

Agreement inked for equal airfare for foreigners and Nepalis (kh 23/02/2022)

Preparations underway for expansion of Surkhet Airport (kh 20/02/2022)

Baitadi-Dhangadi air service resumes (kh 19/02/2022)

Commercial flights to start from Gautam Buddha International Airport : Calibration flight starting from today (kh 18/02/2022)

Flights from Janakpur to Pokhara from March 1 (kh 17/02/2022)

Gautam Buddha International Airport set for May 16 launch : Technicians are scheduled to begin testing communication and navigation equipment at the airport on Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/02/2022)

Calibration flight at Gautam Buddha Airport to be carried out from Friday (rep 16/02/2022)

Is the TIA moving in reverse direction? : Airports accept digital copies of flight tickets globally. But TIA authorities directed the passengers to present printed copies on Tuesday (nlt 15/02/2022), Domestic air passengers need to show full ticket (rep 16/02/2022)

Laxity in issuance of certificate of airworthiness : Dereliction of duty slur on CAAN directors general (ht 15/02/2022)

Test run conducted successfully for Kurtha-Jayanagar railway service : A train carrying railway employees, security personnel, people’s representatives and media persons was operated from Jayanagar, India to Kurtha, Dhanusha on Sunday, by Santosh Singh (kp 14/02/2022)

Suketar airport resumes operation (kh 14/02/2022)

As many as 150 Nepalis returning home from Saudi Arabia stranded at Riyadh Airport (kh 11/02/2022)

Construction of airports listed as national pride projects slow in first half of 2021/22 (rep 11/02/2022)

Finance Ministry turns down Minister Ale’s plan to cancel ADB loan to award project to Chinese contractor (kh 09/02/2022)

Sukilumba airport to operate test flight today (kh 09/02/2022), NAC successfully conducts test flight to Sukilumba Airport (rep 09/02/2022)

NAC calls for global tender to repair grounded plane (kh 08/02/2022) [The incompetence of NAC management needs no further proof!]

Tourism minister requests EU to remove Nepali airlines from blacklist (rep 07/02/2022)

Air services affected due to adverse weather (kh 04/02/2022)

Air service in Baitadi closed for month (kh 03/02/2022)

New arrival hall to be built at domestic terminal : The planned facility will be 40 metres long and 24 metres wide, and will have two 35-metre-long baggage conveyor belts, by Sangam Prasain (kp 31/01/2022)

Gautam Buddha Airport to be operational from May 26, by Minraj Bhandari (rep 30/01/2022)

Shree Airlines adds one more aircraft to its fleet (kh 29/01/2022)

Technical testing at Bhairahawa airport slated to begin in mid-February : During the calibration flights, a special aircraft will check the accuracy of navigation signals required for safe take-off and landing, by Sangam Prasain (kp 28/01/2022)

Passengers forced to pay higher fares for charter flights are requested to complain with documentary evidence (rep 28/10/2022)

Seven-point understanding reached to acquire land for Geta airport up-gradation (kh 27/01/2022)

Home Minister for safe handling of international airport (rep 26/01/2022)

CAAN operating with acting DG, many in line to be appointed as its DG (rep 26/01/2022(

Himalaya Airlines becomes first airline in Nepal to achieve ISO certification (rep 25/01/2022)

Three NAC board members barred from attending BoD meetings (ht 22/01/22022)

Nepal proposes minimum payout of $100,000 for death of air passenger : For domestic carriage in Nepal, current minimum compensation for death of a passenger is $20,000, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/01/2022)

Heavy Snowfall At Suketar Airport, Flights Disrupted (rn 21/01/2022)

Bad weather affects flights at various airports across Nepal (kh 20/01/2022)

Domestic flyers ‘may be exempted’ from antigen test : On Tuesday, a meeting at the Home Ministry concluded that rapid antigen tests for travellers boarding domestic airlines doesn’t look practical, by Sangam Prasain (kp 20/01/2022)

No excuse, vaccination cards a must for all flyers effective Jan 21, Health Ministry says : The announcement for the mandatory requirement of vaccination cards has increased the number of people coming for vaccines. On Saturday, a record 435,000 people were vaccinated in a single day, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/01/2022)

Sukilumba Airport to operate flight services soon (kh 17/01/2022)

Plane flown for Pokhara returned Kathmandu after noticing technical issue, by Raghab Sharma (ht 16/01/2022)

Negligence of airports and airlines breaches passengers’ consumer rights: NHRC (kh 15/01/2022)

Aircraft Museum in Nepalgunj formally comes into operation (rep 15/01/2022)

Safety precaution intensified at TIA (ht 14/01/2022)

NAC aircraft docked in Doha for 16 days, BoD indifferent towards the loss : NAC’s millions of loss daily helping private company profit (kh 14/01/2022)

65 percent drop in international passenger traffic via Kathmandu : According to Tribhuvan International Airport, 1.44 million international travellers passed through the airport in 2021, which is a loss of 2.69 million passengers compared to 2019, by Sangam Prasain (12/01/2022)

Tribhuvan International Airport stops issuing visitor pass (kh 11/01/2022), TIA requests people not to come for welcome or farewell with spike in COVID-19 cases (rep 11/01/2022)

Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) logo. Image Courtesy: NAC : NAC pilot faces probe for violating 'safety rules' (ht 10/01/2022)

Calibration flight after improvement in weather: Minister Ale (kh 09/01/2022)

Domestic airlines carried record 3.54 million passengers in 2021 : Cheap air tickets and Nepali travellers sick of bumpy roads contributed to the surge in air travel, insiders say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/01/2022)

Proposed legislation unlikely to serve purpose ; Aviation experts more concerned about issuing licence than prioritising air and ground safety (ht 05/01/2022)

Minister Ale directs NAC officials to expedite plan to purchase a new aircraft (rep 01/01/2021)

Guna Airlines To Operate Kathmandu-Surkhet Flight From Sunday (rn 01/01/2022)

Poor visibility affects domestic and int’l flights at TIA (kh 31/12/2021), Visibility in Kathmandu drops to 100 meters: Flights halted at TIA (rep 31/12/2021), Flight services resume at TIA as fogs subside gradually (kh 31/121/2021)

NAC’s narrow body grounded in Qatar (rep 31/12/2021)

Low visibility affects flights at TIA (nlt 28/12/2021), Adverse weather affects flights at TIA (rep 28/12/2021)

CAAN releases budget for upgrading airports in Sudurpaschim Province (kh 27/12/2021), Civil Aviation Authority passes budget after half-year delay : The delay in the passage of the budget could set back infrastructure development, as funds that need to be spent on projects will be held up, officials at the authority said, by Sangam Prasain (kp 28/12/2021)

China supplied aircraft turns liability for Nepal: Report (kh 23/12/2021)

NAC directed to allocate 40 low tariff ticket to Nepali overseas workers (kh 22/12/2021)

Up-gradation of Dhangadhi airport soon: Minster Ale (kh 21/12/2021)

Thick fog disrupts domestic flights for a while (kh 21/12/2021)

Plane carrying over 1.2 million vaccine doses returns to China after failing to land in Kathmandu : Airport officials say the aircraft will come back later on Monday. More vaccine doses are scheduled to arrive from India as well, by Arjun Poudel (kp 20/12/2021)

We will bring Pokhara Int'l Airport into operation within eight months: Minister Ale (rep 18/12/2021)

Covid insurance requirement put on hold after airlines ask for time : According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, airlines—not the passengers—have to pay for the proposed insurance policy, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/12/2021)

Budhha Airplane makes emergency landing at Bharatpur airport due to engine failure (nlt 16/12/2021)

Power malfunction holding up testing of radio equipment : The power supply reliability at Bhairahawa airport should reach 99.99 percent, which is equivalent to less than 30 seconds of power outage 24/7, by Sangam Prasain (kp 15/12/2021)

Discussions underway to start direct flights between Kathmandu-Bahrain (rep 13/12/2021)

Passengers are being charged for trolley service at Kathmandu airport : Airport officials say they are unaware of the issue and vow to deal with it immediately, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/12/2021)

Airlines flying to and from Kathmandu must enforce Covid-19 insurance : The policy covers hotel quarantine costs up to 14 days and medical expenses up to $5,000, the CAAN says, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/12/2021) [Ultimately, the airlines will recover this through ticket prices. With all due understanding for the needs of the tourism industry, Nepal must finally realise that the pandemic has been anything but defeated worldwide.]

EU continues with blacklisting Nepali airlines (rep 09/12/2021)

Enriching human touch in aviation : We need to buttress the skills of the workforce to ensure a safe, sustainable, and efficient Nepali sky, by Birendra Kumar Singh (kp 07/12/2021)

Need of advanced regulatory framework of drones in Nepal, by Prabin Bhattarai (kh 06/12/2021)

Upliftment of NAC top priority: Minister Ale (rep 06/12/2021)

Poor visibility affects flights at TIA (kh 04/12/2021), Take-offs and landings affected due to low visibility at Tribhuvan International Airport (kh 04/12/2021)

Free bus service from Tribhuvan International Airport launched (kh 01/12/2021), Shuttle service brought into operation at TIA (rep 01/12/2021)

Minister Ale directs for acquisition of land to expand Dhangadhi airport (kh 30/11/2021)

What to do with Pokhara’s ‘extra’ airport? As the new international airport nears completion, the fate of the old one is up in the air, by Masta KC (nt 29/11/2021)

Buddha Air’s aircraft collides with fox in Nepalgunj (rep 25/11/2021)

Domestic scheduled flights from Kathmandu affected due to hazy weather (kh 25/11/2021), Poor Visibility Leads To Cancellation Of 10 Flights Daily, by Chhetu Sherpa (rn 25/11/2021)

Pilot lands aircraft at wrong airport after duty hours end mid-flight : A Nepal Airlines Twin Otter bound for Rukum landed in Nepalgunj on Sunday after the pilot was out of time to fly to Salle Airport and on to Nepalgunj as per the timetable, by Sangam Prasain (kp 24/11/2021)

Pokhara Airport resumes flight service (rep 23/11/2021)

More Than 22,000 Passengers Use Tribhuvan International Airport Daily (rn 23/11/2021)

Efforts on to remove Nepal from ICAO blacklist: Minister Ale (rep 22/11/2021)

Testing of equipment at Bhairahawa airport to start soon : The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said that barring any unforeseen delays, Nepal’s second international airport would start handling flights by January, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/11/2021)

Regular Kathmandu-Bangkok flights to resume soon (kh 18/11/2021)

ILS Being Installed At Gautam Buddha International Airport (rn 15/11/2021)

Turkish Airlines adds flights, refutes Kathmandu-Istanbul flights suspension : Turkey has removed 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated tourists from Nepal and India, as per the new travel protocol issued on Monday (kp 15/11/2021)

Airfares get dearer by up to Rs 220 per flight with hike in fuel prices (kh 15/11/2021)

Shuttle buses to be operated at Tribhuvan International Airport: Minister Ale (rep 14/11/2021)

Scores Of Passengers Stranded At Simkot Airport Due To Shortage Of Air Tickets (rn 14/11/2021)

CAAN offends Indian aviation authority : Its slapdash approach could spoil things (ht 14/11/2021)

Aviation officials at their wits' end as budget still elusive : Insiders say the minister wants to make revisions to the budget which is why he has been holding back, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/11/2021)

Int’l flight to Europe, Australia, Asian cities with NA ticket kh 11/11/2021)

Airport Construction Bhairahawa Outdone By Kushinagar, byModnath Dhakal (rn 09/11/2021)

AEROTHAI to conduct calibration flight at Gautam Buddha Airport (rep 08/11/2021)

Fuel price hike likely to hurt aviation, travel rebound : The fuel surcharge that is added to the cost of a plane ticket has been raised from Rs45 to Rs440, depending on the distance, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/11/2021)

Saurya to conduct Biratnagar-Bhairahawa flight services from Nov 8 (kh 04/10/2021)

Air fare increases after fuel price hike (kh 04/11/2021)

Shrubs and bushes around Nepalgunj Airport cleared, by Arjun Oli (rep 03/11/2021)

Guragain appointed TIA General Manager (kh 01/11/2021)

Committee Formed To Facilitate Pokhara Int'l Airport, by Ek Raj Giri (rn 01/11/2021)

Defending Nepal's poor aviation record a tough task (ht 29/10/2021)

Probe committee finds Buddha Air pilot guilty of flight diversion (rep 29/10/2021)

Hundreds of people looking for air tickets stranded at Kolti Airport in Bajura (ht 28/10/2021), Rescue passengers : The local administration must take punitive action against the private airlines for overcharging the passengers (ht 29/10/2021), People face hard time getting tickets to fly out from Bajura airport : Middlemen have been buying tickets from airlines and selling them at higher prices, local residents say, by Arjun Shah (kp 01/11/2021)

Nepal seeks deal with India for flight inspection services : Airport and flight inspections have to be conducted every year, but Nepal has not been able to conduct the tests for the last two years due to Covid-19, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/10/2021

Sick One Denied Plane Ticket To Reach Better Health Facility (rn 26/10/2021)

NAC sets airfare for flights to far-western hill districts (rep 24/10/2021)

Aviation agency may be hamstrung by delayed passage of budget : The budget was in limbo for three months for lack of a civil aviation minister who chairs the board. The board may meet next week to pass the budget if things go as planned, by Sangam Prasain (kp 23/10/2021)

Scores Of Tourists Stranded In Mugu Due To Flight Suspension (rn 23/10/2021)

Biratnagar Airport inundated; flight services disrupted (kh 20/10/2021), Biratnagar Airport waterlogged: Flights cancelled (Photo Feature) (rep 20/10/2021), Biratnagar Airport to come into operation from tomorrow (kh 22/10/2021), Rain-affected Biratnagar Airport comes into operation (kh 23/10/2021)

Travelling is not the same : Airports are just getting back to normal, and  some people are upset about that, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 19/10/2021)

Unfavorable weather affects domestic flights in country (kh 19/10/2021)

Goods Left By Passengers Pile Up In TIA, by Chhetu Sherpa (rn 17/10/2021)

NAC fails to utilize opportunity for business during festivals (kh 14/10/2021)

Minister Ale directs NAC to implement e-ticketing (rep 11/10/2021)

Travellers face hardship as airlines reduce number of flights (rep 11/10/2021)

Shree Airlines aircraft skids off runway at TIA (kh 05/10/2021)

70% air tickets booked for Dashain festival : Airlines companies preparing to add more flights (kh 04/10/2021)

Sita Air to conduct Kathmandu-Taplejung-Bhadrapur flights during Dashain (kh 02/10/2021)

TIA To Operate 15 Additional Flights Daily In October (rn 01/10/2021)

Buddha Air faces problem in another flight : Plane flown for Pokhara lands back in Kathmandu (kh 27/09/2021)

Buddha Air aircraft diverted to Kathmandu from Biratnagar makes safe landing at TIA (kh 27/09/2021), Buddha Air passengers describe of panic and fear (kh 27/09/2021)

Direct Flights To Pokhara Ups Tourists’ Arrival In Nepalgunj (rn 24/09/2021)

Guna Airlines to conduct Kathmandu-Surkhet regular flights (kh 22/09/2021)

NEC Japan takes Nepali aviation for a ride (ht 22/09/2021)

Nepal to sign deal with India for periodic airport checks : Airport surveillance and radar flight inspections have to be conducted every year, but it has not happened for two years due to Covid-19, by Sangam Prasain (kp 19/09/2021)

Himalaya Airlines starts AED service (kh 16/09/2021)

Airline Companies To Ramp Up Flights For Festive Season, by Chhetu Sherpa (rn 13/09/2021)

Civil Aviation Ministry requests Nepal Airlines staff to stop agitation (08/09/2021)

Civil aviation regulator awaits new minister to pass budget : The authority plans to complete the two under-construction international airports in Pokhara and Bhairahawa this fiscal year, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/09/2021)

BuCCI demands immediate test flight at GBIA (rep 05/09/2021)

Finance ministry suggests forming committee to reform NAC (rep 03/09/2021)

Nepal starts preparations for ICAO’s aviation safety audit : In 2017, the global safety watchdog withdrew the significant safety concern tag given to the country’s aviation sector, by Sangam Prasain (kp 02/09/2021)

Relief to passengers, no need to wear face shield in domestic flights (kh 01/09/2021)

Biman Bangladesh to operate chartered flight on Dhaka-Kathmandu-Dhaka route on September 6 (kh 31/08/2021)

Sichuan Air’s aircraft in air for an hour after overshooting the runway (rep 30/08/2021)

COVID-19 crisis: CAAN sees a significant decline in its revenue collection (rep 30/08/2021)

Sri Lankan Airlines to start direct Kathmandu-Colombo flight from Tuesday (kh 29/08/2021), Amid pandemic, SriLankan Airlines to make Kathmandu debut : The carrier will operate two weekly flights using Airbus A320 aircraft beginning Tuesday (kp 30/08/2021)

Qatar Airways Cargo receives award for highest cargo uplift from Nepal (rep 26/08/2021)

Airlines cartel in food transportation to rural areas (rep 26/08/2021)

Kuwait to resume commercial flights with Nepal, 5 other countries (kh 22/08/2021)

Buddha Air to conduct direct Pokhara-Simara flights from Sept 1 (kh 22/08/2021)

Two-way Dubai flights resume from today (kh 16/08/2021)

UAE entry conditions relaxed, Nepali airlines start carrying passengers from Nepal (rep 16/08/2021)

Fire breaks out at Bharatpur Airport; contained (kh 14/08/2021)

Unions set up roadblock against long stalled aviation bills : The trade unions say they fear the government will gradually privatise the airports, causing them to lose their perks and pay, by Sangam Prasain (kp 12/08/2021)

Sita Air escapes accident (kh 11/08/2021)

Completion deadline for Pokhara international airport extended : All tasks including testing of navigation and meteorological equipment may be finished by April 2022, project officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/08/2021)

Manang’s Humde Airport remains non-operational even in times of need (rep 08/08/2021)

Nepal seeks India’s help to conduct flight test at Bhairahawa : Gautam Buddha International Airport will have a 3,000-metre long and 45-metre wide runway and is slated to open in 2022, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/08/2021)

Buddha Air to run Bharatpur-Bhairahawa flight from August 15 (kh 05/08/2021)

TIA sees highest number of intl flights on Wednesday (kh 04/08/2021)

Two crucial aviation bills sail through upper house : After the bills become law, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal will be split into regulator and service provider, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/08/2021)

Privatisation of NAC : Learn from other airlines, by Prakash Maharjan (ht 03/08/2021)

DPR of Jumla Airport in limbo, crew flying taking risks, by DB Budha (rep 03/08/2021)

Expensive airfare puts additional burden on Nepali migrant workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/08/2021)

Gautam Buddha International Airport preparing its test operation (kh 24/07/2021)

Buddha Air to begin Pokhara-Nepalgunj direct flights from August (kh 24/07/2021), Buddha Air starts Nepalgunj-Pokhara flight (kh 01/08/2021)

Privatize Nepal Airlines : To save the NAC, obstacles for its part-privatization must be cleared (ae 22/07/2021), Nepal Airlines privatisation still stuck : Mired in debt and mismanagement, the flag carrier needs to be rescued fast, by Masta KC (nt 23/07/2021)

Pending aviation bills will be passed, House panel says : Passage of the two key pieces of legislation is crucial to get Nepal removed from the European Union blacklist, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/07/2021)

Nepal increases flights in Kathmandu-Delhi sector : New frequency of flights will be effective Monday. As the number of flights had not increased, passengers were paying up to six times the normal fare, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/07/2021)

Price of plane ticket to Delhi reaches Rs50,000 : Services remain capped due to an air bubble arrangement between Nepal and India, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/07/2021)

Karnali’s key airport runway expansion hits a roadblock : A budget of around Rs 1 billion allocated for the expansion of Surkhet Airport’s runway has been frozen due to lack of progress in the project this fiscal year, by Lalit Bahadur Budha (ae 15/07/2021)

Govt should conduct due diligence audit of NAC before making it a public limited company: Ex-PM Bhattarai (rep 11/07/2021)

53 international flights to take place in a week (kh 10/07/2021)

Covid-19 pushes back completion  of Pokhara international airport : The airport in the tourist city may take another year or longer to be ready, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 10/07/2021)

NVC indicts top guns of CAAN, Nepal Airlines (ht 09/07/2021)

Govt lifts restriction on number of daily domestic flights (kh 09/07/2021)

‘NAC continues to remain under govt’s ownership’ (kh 08/07/2021)

Nepal cautiously reopens international flights : The Cabinet has also permitted regular domestic flights by following health safety protocols, by Sangam Prasain (kp 08/7/2021)

NAC resumes regular flight at Suketar airport from today (kh 05/07/2021)

Scheduled July flights from Kathmandu to Narita, Japan, canceled (kh 04/07/2021)

Domestic flights resume services from today; 67 flights a day (kh 01/07/2021), Domestic airlines resume services from today : Operations will be under flight rationing, but demand for air seats has grown despite Covid-19 worries because of the monsoon, carriers say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/07/2021

Nepal to conduct 21 int’l flights to nine different countries in July (with list) (rep 30/06/2021)

New standards for arrival passengers (ht 29/06/2021), Int’l flights are set to resume. Here is what you need to do to travel to Nepal (rep 29/06/2021)

NAC signs pact to transport Postal Services’ packages (kh 29/06/2021)

Turkey restricts direct travel from six countries, including Nepal (kh 29/06/2021)

Airline bookings reopen as domestic flights set to resume from July 1 (rep 27/06/2021)

Operation of domestic and international flights at TIA normal (rep 26/06/2021)

Domestic flights set to resume services from July 1 (kh 24/06/2021)

International flights to resume services from today : Domestic flights to resume from July 1 (kh 24/06/2021)

Nepal resuming and adding more flights to labour destination countries : The decision will bring relief to thousands of Nepali migrant workers stuck at home and abroad, as well as help in the repatriation of bodies of Nepali workers, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/06/2021), Domestic and int’l flights to be resumed with conditions (kh 12/06/2021), Government allows limited domestic flights to resume after nearly two months : The Cabinet has decided to open up a number of international sectors for the convenience of Nepali migrant workers, by Sangam Prasain (kp 23/06/2021)

Dubai-Kathmandu flight to re-start from June 23 (kh 20/06/2021)

Domestic flights to resume services from June end (kh 18/06/2021)

Air service disrupted since 5 days (kh 18/06/2021) [related to Humla]

Govt to resume int’l flights to 7 countries including Japan (kh 17/06/2021)

Monsoon holds up finishing touches at Bhairahawa international airport : Gautam Buddha International Airport has been rescheduled to open in the beginning of 2022, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/06/2021)

NOC reduces price of international aviation fuel (kh 07/06/2021), Nepal Oil slashes jet fuel price by 20 percent, by Sangam Prasain (kp 08/06/2021)

Nepal Airlines' air safety woes continue (ht 07/06/2021)

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Sharjah, United Arab of Emirates with a Daily Flight (kh 07/06/2021)

Return of Nepalis from Saudi Arabia viable via Qatar, Turkey transit routes (kh 05/06/2021)

TIA welcomes 12 thousand passengers in May (kh 02/06/2021)

Turkey imposes 14-day quarantine for arrivals from Nepal, 7 other countries (kh 02/06/2021)

Limited passenger flights to Turkey to begin Thursday and Qatar next week : Flights allowed to China as well but the country is yet to lift its travel ban, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/06/2021)

Taplejung folks disapprove proposal for renaming Suketar Airport (kh 30/05/2021)

Govt to operate flights to China, Qatar and Turkey once a week from June 1 (kh 28/05/2021), Four countries to operate regular flights from Nepal (kh 28/05/2021)

Nepalis can fly abroad on chartered rescue flights : Government is also considering allowing a limited number of scheduled flights from June, by Chandan Kumar mandal (kp 21/05/2021)

Aviation body wins $20 million in damages from ousted contractor : The Singapore International Arbitration Centre found Constructora Sanjose liable for gross negligence. Fees paid to arbitrators and layers amounted to Rs600 million, by Sangam Prasain (kp 20/05/2021)

Immigration services for foreigners leaving Nepal to continue from TIA (kh 20/05/2021)

NAC permitted seven flights to transport Indian nationals to Saudi Arabia (kh 19/05/2021)

NATTA demands opening of regular international flights (rep 19/05/2021)

Nepal allows ‘special flights’ to evacuate foreigners : The government also permits the evacuation of a number of Indian nationals using Kathmandu as transit to escape the flight ban in India, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/05/2021)

Nepal extends ban on international flights until May 31 : Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said it has notified airlines to facilitate refunding of air tickets or extension of travel dates as required by passengers (kp 11/05/2021)

Flight services resume in Humla (kh 07/05/2021)

Chartered and rescue flights to take place during prohibitory period (kh 04/05/2021)

All Int'l flights except two per week from Delhi suspended from May 6: Nepal Civil Aviation Authority (ht 04/05/2021)

CCMC recommends halting domestic and int’l flights (kh 01/05/2021)

Air passengers decline in domestic sector (ht 01/05/2021)

NA finds chopper wreckage and unidenfied bodies near Dhaulagiri base camp (kh 30/04/2021)

CAAN manages prepaid taxis for air passengers (kh 29/04/2021)

Govt makes 10-day quarantine mandatory for all arrivals (ht 28/04/2021)

Domestic flights allowed during prohibitory order (ht 28/04/2021)

Govt puts ban on foreigners flying to third countries making Nepal as transit point (kh 27/04/2021)

‘Little evidence’ of in-flight Covid-19 transmission : Officials say carriers saw an all-time monthly high in passenger numbers in March 2021 and private airlines are looking to cash in on the boom, by Sangam Prasain (kp 19/04/2021)

Buddha Air announces to begin inter-province flights from May 1 (ht 19/04/2021)

Airport project complains about EIA review order : The supplementary environmental impact assessment report will take months, further delaying work at Pokhara International Airport, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/04/2021)

Falgunanda Sukilumba Airport ready for operation, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 15/04/2021)

CNI urges EU to remove Nepal from its air safety list (ht 09/04/2021)

Smog disrupts domestic and international air services (rep 07/04/2021), Heavy air pollution affects flights (ht 08/04/2021)

Nepal Airlines to lease out grounded Chinese planes : The six aircraft were pulled out of service nearly a year ago due to mounting losses, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/04/2021)

NTA to allow internet service on international flights (ht 02/0472021)

TIA suspends regular flight operation due to poor visibility (kh 26/03/2021), Domestic and Int’l flight services hit due to poor visibility (kh 27/03/2021), Air passengers stranded at TIA (kh 27/03/2021), Flights resume at TIA (kh 28/03/2021)

Pokhara airport project gets nod to flatten hill near runway : Nepal’s third international airport could be ready for operation by the beginning of 2022, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 23/03/2021)

More flights between Nepalgunj and Pokhara (ht 23/03/2021)

Simrik Air reverts its name to Guna Airlines (ht 23/03/2021)

NAC in final stage of selling its Boeing 757-200 aircraft to American company, by Minraj Bhandari (rep 21/03/2021)

Airline operators raise airfare again (ht 20/03/2021)

Surkhet airport expansion project  moves ahead after design change : The plan had stalled after local residents launched a protest against land acquisition, by Chandani Kathayat (kp 18/03/2021)

Buddha Air to fly on Janakpur-Ayodhya route (rep 04/03/2021)

TIA upgradation doesn’t fly with tour operators, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 02/03/2021)

Pilots grounded for not reporting aircraft malfunction (ht 01/03/2021)

Gautam Buddha airport likely to be readied in three months (rep 21/02/2021)

Airlines operators hike airfare (ht 20/02/2021)

Technicians to start fitting equipment at Bhairahawa airport next week : Stalled installation of communication, navigation and surveillance, air traffic management and meteorological equipment will now resume, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/02/2021)

International passengers' movement at TIA gradually increasing (ht 17/02/2021)

More turbulence for Nepal’s aviation sector as its audit unlikely even in 2022 : Crucial bills to split the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, a key to the reform of the sector, are in limbo. The audit was originally scheduled for 2019 but continued being deferred, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/02/2021)

Mahendranagar airport to resume operations (ht 16/02/2021)

Himalaya Airlines resumes UAE flights (kh 15/02/2021), Himalaya Airlines to operate three flights a week to Dubai (rep 16/02/2021)

Pilot's death flies in the face of Nepal Aviation safety claims : His tests pointed to impending heart attack, by Rajan Pokharel (ht 09/02/2021)

Nepal's Civil Aviation Authority presses airline companies for due clearance (ht 09/02/2021)

Nepal’s civil aviation authority seeks ordinance route to pass two crucial bills : Without the two laws, Nepal will remain on the European Union blacklist, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 08/02/2021) [Mr Oli has to be asked why this was not done long ago through legislation passed by parliament, as is customary in a democracy. Vested interests or incompetence?]

Buddha Air to conduct over 100 flights a day (kh 08/02/2021)

Government backs plan to build Nijgadh airport : The $3.45 billion airport project in Bara, planned to be funded with Nepal’s own resources, has been stuck in the planning stage for decades, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/02/2021)

Biman Bangladesh to resume flights to Kathmandu from February 18 (rep 31/01/2021)

Himalaya Airlines and Yeti Airlines join hands for network integration (rep 28/01/2021)

Domestic airlines struggle to remain  in the air by discounting fares : Carriers are receiving around 7,000 passengers daily, down from 8,735 before the pandemic, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/01/2021)

Tribhuvan International Airport sees lowest passenger traffic since 2003 : 1.10 million international flyers passed through Kathmandu in 2020, down 73 percent from the previous year, by Sangam Prasain (kp 19/01/2021)

Himalaya Airlines carries out test flight to Lhasa (rep 19/01/2021)

NAC conducting maiden flight to Macau (kh 19/01/2021)

Biratnagar airport to get Rs15-billion facelift : The runway will be lengthened to 2,500 metres, enabling it to handle jets like the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/01/2021)

Domestic flights grounded due to thick fogs across country (kh 15/01/2021)

Tourism Ministry begins search for a partner to run Bhairahawa airport : The facility is envisaged to become the gateway to the international pilgrimage destination of Lumbini, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/01/2021)

NAC acts against staff for letting COVID patient fly (ht 06/01/2021)

CAAN issues ultimatum to airlines : Tells them to follow health safety measures or face flight suspension (ht 05/01/2021)

Dense fogs hit flight services at three Tarai-based airports (kh 05/01/2021)

Ilam’s Airport To Complete In Three Months, by Kokila Dhakal (rn 04/01/2021)

Turbulence remains but clearer skies ahead : Nepal’s aviation industry lost more than Rs 23 billion because of pandemic, says CAAN (ht 01/01/2021)

Surkhet airport expansion faces land acquisition hurdle : Plans are to lengthen the runway to 1,555 metres to accommodate bigger planes but people say they are tired of vacating land repeatedly for the airport , by Kalendra Sejuwal (kp 30/12/2020)

Chinese workers arrive for remaining work of PIA (ht 29/12/2020)

With Gulf countries banning commercial flights, labour migration sector stares at uncertaintyThe emergence of a new strain of coronavirus has forced many countries to once again close their borders, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 27/12/2020)

MoCTCA achieves decent progress in domestic airport works (ht 23/12/2020)

NAC incurs monthly loss of Rs 10 million from grounded Chinese aircrafts (rep 23/12/2020)

EU decides to continue ban on Nepali airlines (rep 22/12/2020)

Nepal bars entry of passengers from UK after new coronavirus strain (kh 22/12/2020)

How a Buddha Air plane flew the wrong way and landed 255 kilometres awayGround staff changed the flight number but did not brief the pilots who, in turn, failed to check the passenger manifest and flew, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 20/12/2020)

Kathmandu-Delhi flights resume without need for quarantine : Passengers need negative virus test done less than 72 hours before departure, by Sangam Prasain >(kp 18/12/2020)

NAC gets permission for ground handling at Gautam Buddha, Pokhara airports (rep 17/12/2020)

Nepal Airlines seeks quarantine exemption for Nepalis : Flights between Nepal, India are expected to begin December 17, pending approvals from the airport authorities of both countries, under air bubble scheme, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/12/2020) [???]

Domestic And International Flights Affected Owing To Thick Fog In Kathmandu (rn 11/12/2020)

Europeans not impressed by Nepal’s efforts to improve aviation safety yet : Breaking up the civil aviation authority is a prerequisite to getting the country removed  from the European Union’s Air blacklist, which runs into the eighth straight year, by Sangam Prasain (kp 10/12/2020)

NAC's Kathmandu-Delhi bubble flight likely to start Dec 16 (ht 08/12/2020)

COVID-19 impacts Nepal’s air travel : Passenger numbers down 65pc in domestic, 72pc in global sector (ht 08/12/2020)

EU bats for adoption of new aviation rules (ht 07/12/2020)

Tourism Minister asks contractor to complete Gautam Buddha Airport in 25 days (rep 06/12/2020)

Buddha Air plans to fly to remote areas could be a game changer in domestic aviation, experts sayDespite the high risks, short take-off and landing flights to remote mountain airfields across the country are an untapped market with more people flying as incomes rise, by Sangam Prasain (kp kp 05/12/2020)

Hong Kong bans NAC flights for the fourth time (ht 05/12/2020)

Fed up of losses, Nepal Airlines comes up with four options to get rid of six Chinese aircraft : Grounded due to technical issues and lack of manpower and spares, they have made losses of over Rs2 billion, the state-owned carrier said, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/12/2020)

Domestic airlines resume Mt Everest sightseeing flights after eight months (kp 30/11/2020), Mountain flights resume with various offers (ht 30/11/2020)

‘Chandragadi airport to be upgraded as per new DPR’ (ht 29/11/2020)

Bird darts at Kailash Air chopper, force landing saves lives (kh 29/11/2020)

10 MW solar plant to be installed at Gautam Buddha Airport (rep 27/11/2020), Plan to run Bhairahawa international airport entirely on solar power gathers momentum : The solar plant is estimated to cost nearly $10 million, or $1 million per megawatt, and will take around six months to complete, by Sangam Prasain (kp 28/11/2020)

Govt decides to resume flights to India and Bangladesh (ht 27/11/2020)

EU’s ban on Nepali aviation sector to be lifted soon: Minister Bhattarai (kh 27/11/2020)

Investment modality to be prepared for Nijgadh Airport (kh 27/11/2020)

Tourism Ministry revives its plan to  join India’s air bubble arrangement : There have been no commercial flights between the two neighbouring countries since March, by Sangam Prasain (kp 25/11/2020)

CCMC decides to resume flights to all countries (kh 24/11/23020)

Pilot killed, passenger injured in paragliding tragedy in Pokhara, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 23/11/2020)

Nepal Airlines halts flights to Phaplu; passengers, transport of letters affected (ht 20/11/2020)

Purchase of Chinese aircraft: Throwing money down the drain : Chinese officials pressurizing NAC to operate aircraft irrespective of financial loss, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 20/11/2020)

Nepal Airlines to accept reports issued by government labs only : Move follows false negative passengers causing the carrier to be banned at foreign airports (kp 19/11/2020)

The story of an airport and what connectivity can achieve : Dhangadhi airport, upgraded at the initiative of the people, has not only boosted in economic growth but also helped connect the plains and the mountains in the region, by Arjun Shahi (kp 15/11/2020)

NAC to accept PCR report only from govt labs (kh 14/11/2020)

Hong Kong bans  Nepal Airlines flights  for the third time : The carrier had been barred from entering Hong Kong after 12 passengers tested positive for Covid-19 (kp 12/11/2020)

Domestic flights show encouraging signs, international ones lag behind (kh 10/11/2020)

Bhairahawa airport headed for list of longest running construction projects : Thai contractor reluctant to begin work fearing safety of workers as virus caseload in Nepal is on the rise, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 08/11/2020)

Passenger flow increases at Simkot airport (rep 05/11/2020)

Civil Aviation Authority raises questions about the credibility of virus testing labs : Nepal Airlines has been banned twice after passengers carrying negative reports tested positive at destination airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/11/2020), Turbulence ahead : Nepal Airlines appearing on Covid-19 high-risk lists will ruin the carrier’s reputation (kp) [It is hardly imaginable that the reputation of Nepal Airlines could be further damaged!]

Nepal’s baffling ban on India flights : Irrational and bizarre restrictions on foreigners and Delhi flights hurt travellers (nt 30/10/2020)

Civil aviation body proposes extra levy to fund provincial air connectivity scheme : The Human Rights Commission and parliamentary committees have, on different occasions, directed the government  to provide easy and affordable flight services to people in remote areas to fulfil its social obligation, by Sangam Prasain ( 19/10/2020)

Dumping site poses risk to under-construction Pokhara Int’l Airport (kh 18/10/2020)

Simrik allowed to operate rescue flights for COVID-19 patients (ht 14/10/2020)

Regular flights to hilly districts of Sudurpaschim from today (kh 13/10/2020)

Three airports in Sudur Pashchim to resume operation (rep 12/10/2020)

With a new managing director, Nepal Airlines looks set to fly into turbulence : The appointment, when there is already an executive chairman, brings a sense of déjà vu when dual power centres brought the flag carrier to a standstill in the past, by Sangam Prasain (kp 10/10/2020)

Nepal, India discuss opening new air routes (ht 10/10/2020)

Nepalis showing no interest in Dashain flight ticket bookings, by Sunita Karki (ae 09/10/2020)

Asian Development Bank to give $150 million for airport improvement works : $60 million will be spent on building an international terminal building at Gautam Buddha International Airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 08/10/2020)

Hong Kong suspends Nepal Airlines flights for two weeks: Five passengers from Nepal tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong on October 3 (ht 07/10/2020), Who is to blame? Regardless of who is at fault, damage has been done, and the airline is having to bear the brunt of it (ht 08/10/2020)

Multi-billion-dollar Nijgadh Airport project hangs in the balance : Amid reports that the contracted Swiss company is ‘unofficially out’, officials say next Investment Board meeting chaired by Oli will decide how the project should move ahead, by Sangam Prasain (kp 06/0/2020)

Biratnagar airport to be upgraded to international standard (ht 06/10/2020)

Civil aviation authority paints grim picture of aviation sector : Says it might take four years for the industry to revive from the coronavirus crisis (ht 05/10/2020)

Domestic airlines face missing Dashain travel bonanza over lockdown fears : Domestic carriers have been attempting to entice wary travellers with discounts but bookings have remained sluggish, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/10/2020)

Yeti Airlines announces Simara flights from October 7 (ht 03/10/2020)

EU to develop technical assistance project for CAAN to support aviation safety oversight in Nepal; Ban on Nepali airlines in the EU skies remains in place (rep 03/10/2020)

More passengers coming in than going out of Kathmandu (ht 02/10/2020)

71 domestic flights to be operated each day in October (rep 01/10/2020)

Domestic pilots draw more salary than foreign counterparts: NAC (kh 01/10/2020)

Aviation mafia eyeing NAC’s ground handling income (rep 29/09/2020)

Domestic flights see 90 percent occupancy (kh 29/09/2020)

Turkish Airlines to resume three weekly flight in October (kh 27/09/2020)

Himalaya Airlines receives self ground-handling licence (ht 26/09/2020), Tourism minister bars self-ground handling facility to Himalaya Airlines (kh 27/09/2020)

A tale of two transports : Airline operators cheer, public vehicle entrepreneurs glum as services resume, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 26/09/2020)

Zurich Airport International opts out of Nijgad : Still, government pushes a ghost airport so it can clear-cut valuable hardwood forest, by Kashish Das Shrestha (nt 25/09/2020)

Covid-19 pushes Gautam Buddha Airport project further behind schedule : A revised deadline was set for December but it’s likely to take at least five to six months more as the contractor is not ready to send technicians amid virus fears, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 23/09/2020)

Nepalis waiting to come back home elated to hear about flights resumption, by Yogendra Yogi (kh 23/09/2020)

Nearly collapsed domestic airlines set to take to the skies again after six months : The festival season may provide respite for carriers, but with reduced incomes of people and no signs of the pandemic abetting soon, operators are worried about their survival, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/09/2020)

Pokhara Airport receives first passenger flight after a hiatus of six months, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 21/09/2020)

Negative PCR report compulsory to fly to Lukla (ht 21/09/2020)

NAC to fly to 10 domestic destinations ( rep 21/09/2020)

Airlines allowed to operate flights with full occupancy (ht 19/09/2020)

Airlines operators take issues  with government over its move  to allow them to fly half empty, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/09/2020)

No more folly at Nijgadh : The consequences of considering the environment as an enemy of development will be at our own peril (kp 17/09/2020)

Decision to prepare ‘updated’ master plan for Nijgadh airport meets with criticism : A detailed feasibility study a South Korean firm prepared in 2011 is good enough  and there is no need to prepare a new plan at this time, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/09/2020)

Domestic flights from tomorrow in Nepal : Not just to hilly, mountainous regions, but to all destinations (ht 16/09/2020)

Bookings for domestic flights to start from Thursday : Authorities undecided on destinations (kh 15/09/2020)

Domestic flights, long-haul buses to restart next weekCabinet discusses allowing in foreign tourists but no decision was made, according to a minister, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 15/09/2020)

NAC’s negligence puts lives at risk (ht 15/09/2020)

Impressive Progress Made In Construction Work Of Pokhara Regional International Airport Despite COVID-19 Lockdown, by Tara Chapagain (rn 11/09/2020)

Gautam Buddha Airport completes 92 percent physical construction (kh 11/09/2020)

Domestic flights unlikely from Sept 15 : Suspension likely to be extended for another 15 days as virus spreads (ht 11/09/2020)

Investment Board told to confirm final investment decision on Nijgadh airport : Winning bidder Zurich Airport was named concessionaire in September last year to develop the $3.45 billion airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 10/09/2020)

Nepal Airlines plans to buy 5 aircraft for domestic flights (kh 10/09/2020) [Which domestic flights?]

Airlines oppose plan to scrap two-tier fare structure : Current policy makes foreigners pay higher fares than locals for the same flight and Nepali carriers are not willing  to change it and lose the extra revenue, by Sangam Prasain (kp 08/09/2020)

Airlines ignoring orders not to board  passengers without PCR test report : Carriers violating the rule have to pay the hotel quarantine charges of all passengers, according to a cabinet decision, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/09/2020)

Government directs Air Arabia to refund passengers (ht 03/09/2020)

Foreign int’l airlines required to charge same airfare as Nepali int’l airlines (rep 03/09/2020) [????]

Regular International Flights Resume After Five-Month-Long Suspension (rn 01/09/2020)

Govt To Ink Air Transport Deals With 3 Countries (rn 31/08/2020), MoCTCA to sign ASA with three more countries (ht 31/08/2020)

Operation of long-haul vehicles, domestic flights to remain suspended till September 16 (ht 31/08/2020)

New civil aviation act strict on aircraft import (ht 29/08/2020)

Govt to remove dollar fare imposed on domestic flights (kh 29/08/2020)

Nepal govt-certified PCR tests necessary: Civil Aviation Ministry (ht 28/08/2020)

NAC assets worth Rs 54.17 billion, debt Rs 45 billion, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 26/08/2020)

Domestic, int’l flights to operate from September 1 (kh 26/08/2020), Govt mulls resuming domestic flights, low-risk places to be prioritized (kh 27/08/2020)

Schedule for international flights released (ht 26/08/2020)

Domestic flights to resume in hills, mountains (ht 26/08/2020)

Resumption of domestic flights uncertain (ht 24/08/2020)

Schedule For Regular Int'l Flight To Be Ready By Tuesday (rn 23/08/2020), Govt decides to limit int’l airlines to operate one flight a day as it prepares to repatriate stranded Nepalis abroad (rep 23/08/2020)

Nepal Airlines gives official send-off  to the pilots of its Chinese aircraft: The Tourism Ministry says it will take a further decision on the grounded planes after the Finance Ministry’s inputs.(kp 20/08/2020)

An airport in Kavre: Flight of fancy or need of the hour? A preliminary survey estimates the airport, with a tabletop runway of 1,200 metres, will cost Rs 16 billion.  Aviation experts say an airport near Kathmandu was needed a decade ago, not now, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/08/2020)

Stakeholders slam govt for not resuming regular flights, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 16/08/2020)

TIA land in the grip of controversial businessmen poses security concern: The group neither worked as per the contract nor paid the rent, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 14/08/2020)

Flights, long-haul transport to remain suspended till August 31 (ht 11/08/2020), Flights, long-distance bus services suspended until August 31 (rep 11/08/2020)

Civil aviation authority cuts budget sharply amid uncertainty over international flights and travel: The authority’s budget has come down to Rs41 billion but has targets to complete two international airports and the extension of parallel taxiway at Kathmandu airport by the end of fiscal year (kp 08/08/2020)

New aviation standards readied, Nepalis returning home should follow these rules (kh 07/08/2020)

Nijgadh Airport culpable for environment natural biodiversity (kh 07/08/200)

Aviation ministry preparing protocols to resume international flights (ht 06/08/2020), Govt to review decision to resume aviation service, long-distance public vehicles as COVID-19 cases see sudden spike (rep 06/08/2020)

August 17 resumption of domestic flights in doubt: ‘It will be foolish to resume flights if COVID cases keep rising and public do not want to travel’ (ht 05/08/2020)

Airlines seek permission to resume flights (ht 04/08/2020)

Nepal Airlines Corporation grounds all its Chinese aircraft (kp 01/08/2020)

Supreme Court rejects plea to halt compensation hearing (ht 30/07/2020)

How continued EU ban on Nepali carriers denied Nepal Airlines opportunity to earn during pandemic: Nepal was close to getting rid of the ban but problems in the ruling party resulted in sudden prorogation of Parliament, putting bills to split up the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal in limbo, by Sangam Prasain (kp 27/07/2020)

Ease restrictions on domestic flights: Airline operators (ht 26/07/2020)

Safe takeoff: The government must introduce stricter safety protocols even as it plans to resume scheduled domestic and international flight operations next month (kp 22/07/2020)

International and domestic flights to resume starting August 17: Airlines and tourism entrepreneurs welcome the decision to lift flight restrictions that have been in place for over four months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/07/2020)

Tourism Ministry drops plan to name Munich Airport as operator of Bhairahawa airport: Gautam Buddha International Airport may be ready for operation by the end of this year, say officials, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/07/2020)

Nepal Airlines decides to ground Chinese aircraft for good to cut losses: Six China-made Y12e and MA60 were once said to mark the beginning of a new era, but over the last six years, they have become an albatross around the national carrier’s neck, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/07/2020), NAC’s Chinese planes too costly; incur loss of Rs 5 billion, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 19/07/2020)

Nepal Airlines announces suspending flights after crew members catch virus: The national flag carrier operates four to five repatriation charter flights daily (kp 10/07/2020)

Progress of Gautam Buddha Int'l Airport project affected as equipment, technicians stuck abroad, by Mohammad Habib (rep 10/07/2020)

Government mulling option of opening up international passenger flights: Nearly 150 chartered flights have been operated in over a month, bringing around 22,000 Nepalis from different countries (kp 10/07/2020) [??? See fate of NAC!]

7 NAC crew members, including three pilots, test positive for COVID-19 (rep 06/07/2020), 14 NAC crew members including 3 pilots infected with coronavirus (kh 06/07/2020), Six more NAC staffers test positive for virus (ht 09/07/2020)

Gautam Buddha Airport Construction Deadline Extended Till December 2020 (rn 05/07/2020)

Pokhara Regional International Airport Makes 60 Percent Work Progress (rn 04/07/2020)

Government yet to pay Nepal Airlines Rs 20.4 million in charter costs: The carrier could really use the money as its revenues have been slashed by the pandemic, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 29/06/2020)

Don’t appoint Munich to operate Gautam Buddha Airport, committee tells government: It says a government to government deal might once again court controversy as such agreements haven’t been received well in the past, by Sangam Prasain (kp 19/06/2020)

Construction of new international airport in Pokhara on track despite lockdown: Key equipment like lighting systems, communication and navigation aids, baggage handling and other goods, however, have been stranded in Kolkata and Kerung, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 14/06/2020)

Nepal continues suspension of domestic and international flights until July 5 (rep 14/06/21020)

Domestic airline operators submit SOP to Civil Aviation Authority for approval (ht 11/06/2020)

Airline operators reduce fuel surcharge, airfare drops (ht 08/06/2020)

Construction of new airports only if they meet one of three key criteria (rep 08/06/2020)

Surgical, N-95 masks mandatory in airports (ht 06/06/2020)

Kathmandu airport gets facelift during lockdown: Nepal’s sole aerial gateway is spruced up and adopts precautions as it prepares to receive passengers, by Raju Banskota (nt 05/06/2020)

TIA Completes Improvement Work Taking Advantage Of Lockdown (rn 01/06/2020), Runway end safety areas at Tribhuvan International Airport improved: The runway was extended by 300 metres at the southern end, making its total length 3,350 metres, by Sangam Prasain (kp 02/06/2020)

Domestic airline companies face losses to the tune of Rs 2.51bn, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 14/05/2020)

Over Four Thousand Trees To Be Chopped For Nijgadh International Airport Approach Road (rn 11/05/2020), Proposal to cut down trees for NIA to be tabled before Cabinet (ht 11/05/2020)

Regulatory body readying safety measures at airports (ht 11/05/2020)

Nepal airlines may merge to survive: Collapse of aviation could force domestic airlines to join up to consolidate, by Raju Banskota (nt 08/05/2020)

NAC wide-body planes flying to Sydney and Beijing today (kh 06/05/2020)

Nepal Airlines seeks Rs 4 billion to buy new planes to boost domestic services: The state-owned carrier wants to focus on the home front while waiting for international air travel to rebound, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/05/2020)

Nepal mulls suspending int’l flights until mid-August (kh 02/05/2020)

Pandemic impact on aviation may kill Nijgad: How the proposed airport’s environmental impact assessment green-washed the real cost of Nepal's mega project, by Sonia Awale (nt 01/05/2020)

Buddha Air prepares new safety rules (ht 28/04/2020)

Construction of new departure hall at TIA completed (ht 26/04/2020)

Int’l, domestic flight operation to be halted till May 15 (ht 25/04/2020)

Nepal Airlines cuts domestic pilots salary by 33% (kh 25/04/2020)

Flight Suspension Further Incapacitates Ailing National Flag Carrier, by CK Khanal (rn 24/04/2020)

CAAN preparing new guideline for domestic flight operation (ht 23/04/2020)

TIA construction likely to finish within a month, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 22/04/2020)

CAAN extends licence renewal deadline to May 26 (ht 22/04/2020)

Nepal Airlines pleads for bailout as virus losses eat into cash reserves: The debt-ridden carrier has to fork out around Rs 1.13 billion in interest and instalment payments every quarter (kp 18/04/2020)

Sushil Ghimire appointed Nepal Airlines executive chairman: Ghimire will serve as the acting head of the corporation ‘with full executive powers’, until further notice (kp 16/04/2020)

Construction workers slog away at Bhairahawa airport despite lockdown: But completion is still some way off due to lack of essential equipment, said officials, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 16/04/2020)

Airworthiness certificate of Nepal Airlines' 757 expires while waiting out the lockdown: CSDS Aircraft Sales and Leasing had confirmed its purchase of the jet by making an advance deposit in January, by Sangam Prasain (kp 15/0/2020)

Billions in losses and hundreds of thousands of jobs on the line as airline industry faces pandemic: Airlines will need immediate and direct financial support from the government if companies are to avoid insolvency and mass layoffs, IATA has advised, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/04/2020)

Lack of construction materials hampers work at GBIA project (rep 13/04/2020)

When pilots stay home, their flying skills get rusty and it can be tough getting back in the air: There are also regulations that pilots need to abide by, including flight hours and three takeoffs and landings in the last 90 days, which is impossible during the lockdown, by Abhaya Raj Joshi (kp 12/04/2020)

Helicopter pilots to have their pay cut by 65 percent: Airlines flying fixed-wing aircraft are expected to slash salaries too as their cash reserves are running low, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/04/2020)

Repatriation flights continue (ht 09/04/2020)

Flight suspension extended till April 30, by Roshan S. Nepal (ht 08/04/2020)

Airline operators mull over slashing pilots’ salaries (ht 08/04/2020)

NAC directed to halt payment of Bon Travel (ht 07/04/2020)

Nepal Airlines Aircraft Slips Off The Runway In Nepalgunj (rn 28/03/2020)

Domestic flights cancelled due to lockdown: Passengers requested to contact airline companies for refund (ht 25/03/2020)

TIA tells staffers to remain alert for emergency flights (rep 25/03/2020)

Domestic airline companies reduce fare (ht 23/03/2020), Domestic airlines to provide up to 36% discounts on airfare (rep 23/03/2020)

64 Nepalis quarantined for violating immigration rules, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 22/03/2020)

Shree Airlines to fly passengers at minimum fare (rep 22/03/2020)

NAC asks staff to stay on unpaid leave (ht 21/03/2020)

Himalaya Airlines announces suspension of all flights (ht 21/03/2020)

India to halt international flights from March 22: NAC to cease its flight operations to New Delhi from Sunday (ht 22/03/2020)

Government bans entry of all passengers, including Nepalis, from midnight March 20: All passengers, including Nepalis, flying in from Europe, the UK, West Asia, and the Gulf will not be allowed into the country until April 15, by Sangam Prasain and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/03/2020))

TIA hit by declines in international flight frequency (rep 18/03/2020)

Korean Air, Thai Airways reduce flights (ht 18/03/2020)

Upper House endorses draft bills that will allow splitting the aviation body: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Bill and Air Service Authority of Nepal Bill will now be sent to the Lower House for deliberation and final passage, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/03/2020), Aviation bill to separate regulatory and service providing bodies (ht 17/03/2020)

Domestic airlines cut fare by 50% (rep 15/03/2020)

International flights drop significantly at TIA (ht 14/03/2020)

Cabinet turns down ‘incomplete’ proposal: Government re-working on discount package for foreign airlines operating via GBIA (ht 13/03/2020)

Domestic airlines pin hopes on cheaper fuel to help them offset costs: Carriers are currently under pressure due to flight cancellations, suspensions and declining airfare, by Sangam Prasain (kp 12/03/2020)

US-Bangla air crash compensation: KDC decision to adjudicate case upheld, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 12/03/2020)

Domestic airfares hit rock bottom amidst coronavirus travel advisory: Customers might be benefiting from low prices but airlines are looking at hard times—even considering layoffs, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/03/2020)

TIA reports around 50% fall in international passengers (rep 11/03/2020)

NAC and Himalaya Airlines suspend flights to Doha (ht 11/03/2020)

Locals take initiative to reopen Meghauli Airport, b y Surya Prakash Kandel (rep 11/03/2020)

71 Chinese workers quarantined at Pokhara Airport construction site: They had returned to Nepal carrying the Chinese authorities’ certificates that they were free from Covid-19, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 11/03/2020)

Zurich International asks for extension following court order to stop felling trees at Nijgadh: The Swiss company, which was supposed to submit a business proposal by March 1, will be developing Nijgadh International Airport on a public-private partnership model, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/03/2020)

Aviation authority urges government to implement stringent travel restrictions: Nepali nationals have been advised to refrain from non-essential travel to China, South Korea, Iran, Japan and Italy, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/03/2020)

Himalaya Airlines adds A319 aircraft to fleet (rep 04/03/2020)

NAC off to Narita flying in the face of apex court order, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 03/03/2020)

Flights from COVID-19 hit nations may be halted: Civil Aviation Authority given two days to decide as virus spreads globally (ht 02/03/2020), Govt told to halt flights to high-risk countries, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 03/03/2020)

Governmental red tape holds up plan to operate Bhairahawa solely on solar power: A disagreement over land lease rate between the Nepal Electricity Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority means that Bhairahawa might not get its solar plant, by Sangam Prasain (kp 28/02/2020)

Nepal Airlines shares should be sold to the private sector too, experts say: The state-owned carrier has decided to sell 25 percent of the shares to other government corporations, by Sangam Prasain (kp 27/02/2020)

Loosen the paid-up capital requirement for aspiring airlines, policy panel says: Two international airports are coming up, and new carriers will be needed to fill the available slots, as per the team, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/02/2020)

Test flight conducted at Khanidanda airport (ht 26/02/2020)

Debt-ridden Nepal Airlines to sell a 25 percent stake to other state-owned enterprises: There are hopes that an injection of capital will help the ailing corporation but many are sceptical whether the plan will work without changes to management, by Sangam Prasain (kp 25/02/2020), Nepal Airlines is flying blind: Mismanagement and corruption have brought down the national flag carrier (kp 26/02/2020)

Hopeful pilots may have to pass psychometric tests: Policy drafters want to include the requirement after several air crash reports blamed pilot behaviour, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/02/2020)

Poor weather affects flights at TIA (ht 22/02/2020)

NAC’s last flight to Osaka on Feb 27 (ht 22/02/2020)

Bhairahawa international airport to be ready only by mid-year: Delayed delivery of key equipment will push back the completion deadline, officials say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 20/02/2020)

‘Safety top priority of new aviation act’ (ht 20/02/2020), Aviation Policy, 2076, limits foreign investment in flying schools and maintenance institutions (rep 20/02/2020)

Army rehearsal shuts down airport for two hours, affecting scores of flights: A Nepal Army drill, in preparation for the upcoming Army Day, closed Kathmandu airspace for two hours, leading to three dozen domestic flight cancellations, by Sangam Prasain (kp 19/02/2020) [????]

Chartered helicopter services banned inside Annapurna Base Camp region: The fourth council meeting of the Annapurna Rural Municipality decided to prohibit choppers in the region last fiscal year, citing adverse impact on the region’s ecology and tourism, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 18/02/2020)

Unauthorised drones posing threat to wildlife, local businesses (ht 15/02/2020)

NAC announces vacancy for 47 pilots, co-pilots (ht 15/02/2020)

A win-win for Nijgadh?: Keeping the Landmark Worldwide Company’s report under wraps does not help Nijgadh. Releasing it might do more good than harm, by Hemant Arjyal (rep 15/02/2020)

Vistara inaugurates daily flight service to Kathmandu (ht 13/02/2020)

NAC chair positive on bringing strategic partner (ht 13/02/2020)

Anti-graft body has no concrete plans to pursue investigation into Airbus revelations: Although numerous other countries have initiated their own investigations into Airbus’ admission of paying bribes, Nepali authorities are uncertain about how to proceed, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/02/2020) [Leading personalities must be spared in any case!]

Fire breaks out at TIA (ht 11/02/2020)

NAC to launch Narita flights on March 2 (ht 11/02/2020)

More Nepalis travelling by air due to cheaper tickets: There were 3.18 million domestic passengers last year compared to 1.37 million a decade ago, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/02/2020)

Shree Airlines launches Kathmandu-Pokhara commercial flights (ht 08/02/2020)

How many trees needed to make way for Nijgadh? Ministry orders fresh count to settle issue: The Environment and Social Impact Assessment report only provided an estimate, new survey will provide exact number, officials say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 07/02/2020)

Biratnagar-Pokhara direct flight to facilitate third country tourists (ht 06/02/2020)

Rs 89 billion invested in airport projects in past 2.5 years (rep 06/02/2020)

Airbus admits to paying at least 340,000 euros in bribes to Nepali officials: A settlement reached by Airbus with financial authorities in France, UK and US alludes to a total financial commitment of $1.8 million and says the payment is ‘likely to qualify as bribery of a foreign public official’, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/02/2020), Nepali officials have no plan on how to proceed with Airbus bribery revelations: Countries around the world launch formal investigations into the planemaker’s local connections, Nepal doesn’t have a game plan, by Sangam Prasain (kp 05/02/2020)

No screening for passengers arriving TIA on a Beijing flight Monday, by Ashim Neupane (rep 04/02/2020), Deadly lapse at TIA (rep 05/02/2020)

Chinese carriers cut flights to Kathmandu as passengers cancel tickets en masse: Arrivals from China have all but dried up due to the 'rapidly spreading' coronavirus outbreak, airline officials said, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/02/2020)

Buddha Air begins Kathmandu-Rajbiraj direct flights (ht 02/02/2020)

Passenger flow at Kathmandu airport down for the first time in four years: But the national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines, witnessed the strongest growth in passenger carriage, boosting its international market share to 17.77 percent, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/02/2020)

Nepal Airlines pays Rs 1.14bn to CIT, EPF (ht 01/02/2020)

Tourism Ministry gets okay to table bills to break up civil aviation body: The International Civil Aviation Organisation had raised the need to split the authority to avoid a conflict of interest, by Sangam Prasain (kp 31/01/2020)

Solar power plan at Bhairahawa airport hits a snag over land rental rates: Utilising airport space to install solar panels will allow electricity to be generated at the point of consumption, by Sangam Prasain (kp 30/01/2020)

Himalaya to suspend China flights from February 7 (ht 30/01/2020) [This would only be reasonable if flights were stopped immediately!]

Govt to expedite expansion and upgradation of Bharatpur Airport (rep 28/01/2020)

Himalaya Airlines starts direct flight to Chongqing (rep 24/01/2020)

Nepal Airlines permanent pilots warn of resigning en masse: The pilots have demanded that they be treated in a fair manner regarding remunerations on par with expat or contract-based pilots, by Sangam Prasain (kp 24/01/2020), Nepal Airlines pilots say notice was served to demand pay hike, not to resign: In a Thursday notice, served to the executive chairman of the airline, a group of undersigned pilots had complained of huge differences in remuneration between them and expat pilots, by Sangam Prasain (kp 25/01/2020), NAC pilots resign en masse citing unfair treatment (ht 25/01/2020)

Locals protest land acquisition drive for regional int’l airport (ht 24/01/2020)

US firm makes down payment, confirming purchase of Boeing 757: The company deposited $281,000 into the carrier’s account on Thursday, which is a 5 percent payment of the total aircraft cost, by Sangam Prasain (kp 24/01/2020)

Buddha Air, Shree Airlines to add new destinations (ht 23/01/2020)

TIA transformation far from complete: Minister had said ‘boutique airport’ would be ready by Jan 1 (ht 21/01/2020)

NAC to fly to Narita from March 2 (ht 21/01/2020)

Kharel resigns as NAC executive chairman, by Arpane Ale Magar (ht 20/01/2020)

Buddha Air flights to Rajbiraj (ht 20/01/2020)

Airport CCTV footage leak raises more queries than provides answers: Police say they’re unaware of how a singer’s security check video went into the public domain, but retired officials call it a deliberate leak and wrong practice, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 19/01/2020)

NAC flying plane with dysfunctional emergency code on cockpit door, by Rajan Pokhrel (ht 19/01/2020)

Government moves ahead with Nijgadh airport project: Investment Board of Nepal says other processes should not be stopped despite interim orders from the apex court not to cut trees, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/01/2020) [??]

IBN asks Zürich Airport to submit NIA proposal (ht 18/01/2020)

Winter rain affects flights, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 18/01/2020)

Airlines operators’ members offloaded from civil aviation board: The new board should induct members possessing special qualification on the aviation sector and should have at least one female member, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/01/2020)

Autumn travel rush pulls Nepal Airlines back from the brink: The bonanza allowed the teetering national flag carrier to repay creditors breathing down its neck, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/01/2020)

VN 2020 Secretariat appoints Nepal Airlines as official carrier partner (ht 16/01/2020)

AirAsia refutes any payment obligations (ht 16/01/2020)

GBIA infrastructure to be ready by March, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 15/01/2020)

Vistara set to start Kathmandu flights in Feb (ht 15/01/2020), Vistara to fly to Kathmandu from February (rep 18/01/2020)

Pokhara Airport serving 2,000 passengers a day, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 14/01/2020)

Nepal Airlines' Doha service avoids Iranian airspace: The carrier has been using Iranian airspace since 2017 after several Arab nations barred aircraft from flying to Doha through their airspace (kp 09/01/2020)

Govt prepares to review domestic airfares soon (ht 06/01/2020)

Number of passengers increases at Nepalgunj Airport (ht 05/01/2020)

Nijgadh International Airport case: CJ defends decision to issue stay order (ht 04/01/2019)

TIA flights affected (rep 04/01/2020)

Chinese state firm wins bid for Kathmandu airport project: The project includes building 15 new international parking bays and taxiway on the northern side of the runway, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/01/2019)

Rush the process of splitting the aviation authority: Private airlines: The plan to break up the civil aviation body into regulator and service provider has dragged on for nine years, by Sangam Prasain (kp 01/01/2020), Minister demands logical reasons for not splitting CAAN (ht 01/01/2020)

TIA health desk without staff ahead of Visit Nepal 2020: Health experts warn of possible transmission of deadly diseases, by Arjun Poudel (kp 31/12/2019)

Clearing trees at Nijgadh: Govt-community bonhomie needed, by Jiba Raj Pokharel (ht 31/12/2019)

Aviation act to benefit passengers: Will be eligible for compensation for flight delays, cancellations (ht 30/12/2019)

Govt likely to replace NAC chair: Seeks five-point clarification from Kharel citing unsatisfactory work progress (ht 30/12/2019)

TIA runway rehabilitation completed 128 days ahead of schedule (rep 29/12/2019)

Gautam Buddha Int'l Airport deferred, deadline extended for 4th time, by Mohammad Habib (rep 28/12/2019)

Pokhara: Nepal’s new aviation gateway; After decades of delays, Pokhara’s new airport will allow international passengers to bypass Kathmandu, by Kunda Dixi (nt 27/12/2019)

CAAN workers threaten to halt aviation services (ht 26/12/2019)

Nepal Airlines offered $5.71 million for its vintage Boeing 757: The national flag carrier has been under pressure to sell the jet as its airworthiness will expire in February, by Sangam Prasain (kp 24/12/2019)

Nepal needs another international airport. So why is Nijgadh being held up? Local residents want the project to take off, hoping economic returns. But there are also nationwide protests against the plan, mainly over the number of trees that have to be felled to create space for the airport, by Laxmi Sah (kp 19/12/2019), More than a fistful: Different people want Nijgadh airport for different reasons given that it has a price tag of about 6.56 billion dollars. Some want it more due to pathetic state of TIA, by Hemant Arjyal (rep 21/12/2019), NIA could boost GDP by five to eight percentage points: Stakeholders, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 22/12/2019), SC continues interim order halting felling of trees in Nijgadh (ht 23/12/2019), 15 points for and against Nijgad Airport (nt 27/12/2019)

Government tightens rules for deploying in-flight security officer (ht 19/12/2019)

Kathmandu airport to be open for 21 hours daily from January 1: Workers have finished renovating the taxiway allowing the airport to resume regular hours, by Sangam Prasain (kp 17/12/2019), TIA taxiway construction completed (ht 17/12/2019)

Udayapur revives airport plan, by Maheshwar Chamling Rai (rep 17/12/2019)

Snowfall forces air service shut across Karnali region, by Dhan Bahadur Budha (rep 16/12/2019)

Draft Civil Aviation Bill submitted to the Cabinet: A decade-old initiative to break up the civil aviation body is alive once again, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/12/2019)

Land acquisition decision for Pokhara int’l airport draws flak, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 14/12/2019)

European Commission maintains ban on Nepali airlines: The carriers remain on the updated EU Air Safety List for failing safety requirements and are barred from EU skies., by Sangam Prasain (kp 12/12/2019)

Himalaya Airlines resumes Kuala Lumpur flights (ht 12/12/2019)

Airline operators seek permit to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu this season (ht 10/12/2019)

High cost of jet fuel in Kathmandu airport is keeping foreign airlines away: Airlines pay $1 per litre to fuel up at Tribhuvan International Airport, compared to $0.55 per litre in Delhi, a new government report says, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/12/2019) [High ground handling charges, twice as high as at other international airports, are another reason for foreign airlines not to fly to TIA. Quite obviously, the government does not want to increase the number of incoming tourists!]

Uniformity in airfare for locals, foreigners possible (ht 09/12/2019)

Supreme Court asks government to halt plans for Nijgadh airport: The judge has invited both the petitioners and defendants to discuss the matter, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/12/2019), SC bars felling of trees in Nijgadh: There are 500 to 600 years old trees. They should be preserved (ht 07/12/2019), SC stays Nijgadh airport construction work (rep 07/12/2019), MoCTCA to brief apex court about Nijgadh int’l airport (ht 08/12/2019), ‘No alternative to Nijgadh Airport’ (rep 08/12/2019), A case for Nijgadh airport (rep 09/12/2019), Nijgadh International Airport: Rumor and reality; Many people have misconception that deforestation will begin right after the Ministry approves the proposal for airport construction. It does not work that way, by Biranchi Poudyal (rep 12/12/2019)

Wild boars entering runway pose threat to planes, by Arjun Oli (rep 07/12/2019)

Plans to put Chinese planes back in the air jinxed by lack of spares: Nepal Airlines had previously been forced to ground them for lack of pilots, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/12/2019)

Flights from Bhadrapur and Biratnagar to link Bangladesh: Saidpur in Bangladesh is a 20-minute hop by plane from the two border cities, by Parbat Portel (kp 06/12/2019

Nepal Airlines eyes Tokyo after Osaka debacle: The state-owned carrier plans to operate three weekly flights to the Japanese capital from January, by Sangam Prasain (kp 04/12/2019)

80pc progress in TIA rehabilitation so far (ht 04/12/2019)

China says will not conduct safety audit of NAC (ht 04/12/2019), NAC gets go-ahead to operate China flights (ht 05/12/2019)

Kathmandu Airport is reviewing its master plan as final expansion cost expected to touch $1 billion: Airport authorities say its cost-effective to build a new domestic terminal at the eastern side of the runway, by Sangam Prasain (kp 02/12/2019)

TIA Immigration and VNY 2020: Making services swifter, by Rohit Bhattarai (kp 02/12/2019)

Work to spruce up domestic airports gathers pace this fiscal (ht 02/12/2019)

Bajhang airport blacktopping behind schedule, by Jagat Khadka (rep 02/12/2019)

NIA construction unlikely to begin soon (ht 30/11/2019). Don’t delay NIA: Nijgadh is the most suitable place for a full-fledged international airport, and there is no point in delaying it any further (ht 02/12/2019)

NAC’s Boeing finally receives three bid proposals (ht 30/11/2019)

Flawed assessment: Environment Impact Assessment report of Nijgadh airport does not consider how mass tree felling will impact ecology, by Chanda Thapa Rana (rep 30/11/2019)

Bhairahawa airport is nearing completion, but no foreign airline has applied to serve it: Officials say test flights can be conducted by April after the navigation and surveillance equipment is installed, by Sangam Prasain (kp 29/11/2019)

Buddha Air to operate Biratnagar-Pokhara flights, by Binod Subedi (rep 27/11/2019)

High operating costs and few passengers force Buddha Air to cancel Kolkata flights: The airlines’ cancellation does not bode well for the domestic aviation or tourism industry, analysts and entrepreneurs say, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/11/2019) [Nepal's pricing policy does everything to prevent the development of aviation and tourism!],  After losing Rs 100m in 7 months, Buddha Air stops Kolkata flights, by Muna Sunuwar (ht 01/12/2019)

Manthali airport being upgraded to accommodate more flights, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 25/11/2019)

Airline companies send back migrant workers from airport without any ‘valid reasons’: As incidents of workers being deprived of flying by airline companies become frequent, the foreign employment department writes to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 24/11/2019)

Any Nepali can aspire to be civil aviation chief, says draft bill: Previously, potential candidates had to be deputy director general of the aviation authority or joint-secretary in the Tourism Ministry, by Sangam Prasain (kp 23/11/2019)

Full throttle overhead: While nothing much can be done as regards airport location some improvements on basic infrastructures could help TIA improve its image, by Hemant Arjyal (rep 23/11/2019)

Govt planning to demarcate boundaries for Nijgadh Int’l Airport (rep 23/11/2019)

Air travel is safer than ever before: There has been an incredible advancement in technology in the global aviation system, but humans still play a vital role, by Tri Ratna Manandhar (kp 21/11/2019)

Government prodding needed to finish Bhairahawa airport on time, officials say: Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa was initially slated to be ready by December 2017, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/11/2019)

CAAN evaluating proposals for renovation of int’l terminal building (rep 21/11/2019)

Himalaya Airlines starts direct flight to Guiyang (rep 21/11/2019)

Stakeholders ask government to ensure Manthali-Lukla flights, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 20/11/2019)

International aviation regulator to conduct full safety audit in Nepal in May: Nepal’s score for effective implementation of accident investigation is still 18.68 percent, which is far below the global average of 57.43 percent, by Sangam Prasain (kp 18/11/2019)

Dhangadi airport to be partially closed for a month (ht 18/11/2019)

Pokhara's new international airport to be equipped with wide area multilateration: The system provides performance that is comparable to secondary surveillance radar in terms of accuracy and reliability, by Sangam Prasain (kp 16/11/2019)

No, not a drop more: Airlines flying in to Kathmandu make sure that they have enough fuel for long hold ups, either due to cracks on the runway or a disabled aircraft or that parking space is full, by Hemant Arjyal (rep 16/11/2019)

For Everest enthusiasts, an unpleasant experience awaits at Manthali airport: The Ramechhap airport, which now conducts around 85 flights daily, is severely underequipped to handle the hundreds of tourists who arrive and leave every day, by Tika Prasad Bhatta (kp 14/11/2019)

Nepal Airlines cuts price in half to offload vintage Boeing 757: This special Combi model is capable of seating passengers while also carrying two pallets of cargo, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/11/2019)

Families of air crash victims say they are being pressured to withdraw their case: 22 Nepalis were killed when US-Bangla flight BS 211 from Dhaka crashed while landing at Kathmandu airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/11/2019)

Air traffic congestion to hit VNY 2020, by Arpana Ale Magar (ht 13/11/2019), Run TIA effectively: TIA needs to manage its limited space effectively until GBIA comes into full operation within a couple of months (ht 14/11/2019)

Bhadrapur airport to be closed for 10 days (ht 12/11/2019)

Nepal Airlines urges government to seek Chinese help for safety audit: China is poised to become one of the largest tourist markets for Nepal, by Sangam Prasain (kp 11/11/2019)

Parking congestion responsible for mishap at Tribhuvan airport on Friday (ht 10/11/2019)

Int'l flights to operate from Pokhara by April 2021, by Dhan Basnet (rep 10/11/2019)

Nepal Airlines' Chinese planes are flying less and racking up more in operation costs: Starting next year, Nepal Airlines will have to pay more than Rs250 million every year in loan repayments for the six Chinese aircraft acquired in 2014, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/11/2019)

Munich Airport close to being named operator of Bhairahawa airport: Officials said the Germans had been asked to submit a detailed plan including the operation modality, by Sangam Prasain (kp 09/11/2019)

Security at TIA foolproof, claims govt, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 07/11/2019), Matter of concern: When the customs at the TIA and along the borders are considered to be lucrative postings, you know something is amiss (ht 07/11/2019), US State Department report pokes holes in security at country’s only international airport: The report could be a catalyst for the Nepali security apparatus to dig deeper and deal with any potential threats, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/11/2019)

Chinese airlines have 48 weekly flights to Nepal but Nepal Airlines hasn’t even acquired a permit for Guangzhou: All airlines are required to undergo a safety audit when flying to a new region, but a Chinese audit has been delayed three times, with no guarantee it will happen anytime soon, by Sangam Prasain (kp 07/11/2019), The government should help Nepal Airlines get a permit to fly to China: The ruling party always boasts of its friendship with China but has been unable to help the failing national flag carrier (ht)

Gautam Buddha airport to miss project completion deadline again (ht 07/11/2019)

NAC studying seven new destinations, by Muna Sunuwar (rep 07/11/2019)

Nepal Airlines unveils cost optimisation plan (ht 07/11/2019)

Construction of airport in Upper Mustang proposed (rep 06/11/2019)

NAC ramps up preparations for non-stop flights to Guangzhou, Tokyo, by Muna Sunuwar (rep 06/11/2019)

Manang awaits promised flight service: Humde Airport has not had regular flight service in years, by Aash Gurung (kp 05/11/2019)

Last minute flight cancelations distress travelers, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 05/11/2019)

Bhairahawa airport enters second phase of construction: Technicians to start work to install communications, navigation and surveillance equipment from next week; The airport was initially slated to be ready by December 2017, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/11/2019)

Expansion of Manthali airport starts (ht 03/11/2019)

Passengers protest at airport after Oli’s return from Baku delayed their flight by nearly an hour: Pilots were asked to stop engines of Shree Airlines flight because of disturbance caused at VIP lounge where Oli was being welcomed, officials say (kp 28/10/2019) [This unbelievable political arrogance continues unabated! Visit Nepal Year should be renamed into Travel Godlike Policians Year! After the democratisation only the names of the gods have changed! Nepal is probably the only country in which internationally insignificant politicians regularly frustrate domestic and foreign travellers!]

First Kathmandu-Beijing flight set to take off tomorrow: Himalaya Airlines plans to operate three weekly services on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays, by Sangam Prasain (kp 26/10/2019)

Nepal Airlines’ last Boeing awaits a buyer, but there are none forthcoming: After two separate auction notices failed to find a buyer, Nepal Airlines Corporation has now decided to go into direct negotiations, by Sangam Prasain (kp 24/10/2019)

Panel formed to formulate new Civil Aviation Act (ht 23/10/2019)

Before Visit Nepal, the country needs to improve airport management: It was a nightmare day for airport authorities and passengers the day Xi Jinping left Nepal, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 22/10/2019)

Government, Germany’s Munich Airport to hold final round of talks: The agenda includes the operation management of Gautam Buddha International Airport, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/10/2019)

Rastriya Janata Party lawmaker vandalises counter at Janakpur airport: The lawmaker said that he was furious at the condition of the airport, and the irresponsibility and indifference of Budhha Air’s officials to passengers’ queries, by Santosh Singh (kp 15/10/2019), Airline operators warn of suspending all Janakpur flights (rep 15/10/2019)

Tribhuvan International Airport reschedules flights in view of Xi’s arrival and departure: TIA has revised the schedule of 33 and 54 international flights for Saturday and Sunday (kp 12/10/2019)

Airlines adding flights to ease festive commute (ht 05/10/2019)

TAAN seeks Ramechhap airport upgradation (ht 05/10/2019)

Chhetri transferred to CAAN from TIA (ht 05/10/2019)

Nepal Airlines sees strong October, November demand for Japan flights: Nepalis rushing home for the holidays are filling the flights out of Osaka, by Sangam Prasain (kp 03/10/2019)

Pokhara Airport profits Rs 50m in FY2018/19, by Santosh Pokharel (rep 01/10/2019)

Nepal, Australia to sign air service agreement: Australia will permit seven weekly flights to key cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, by Sangam Prasain (kp 30/09/2019), Nepal, Australia sign air service agreement to operate direct flights: The accord allows seven weekly flights between Kathmandu and Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, by Sangam Prasain (kp 02/10/2019)

Himalaya Airlines announces new partnership with Tibet Civil Aviation: The carrier plans to operate direct services between Kathmandu and Beijing from October 27, by Sangam Prasain (kp 30/09/2019), Himalaya Airlines to transfer Chinese ownership, introduces new logo (ht 30/09/2019)

Nepal, UAE ink revised air services agreement (ht 30/09/2019)

Bhairahawa airport's plan to go solar is feasible, say officials: All systems—from air traffic control to runway lights—will run on power from the sun, by Prahlad Rijal (kp 28/09/2019)

Members of investigation bodies say they have not been paid: The experts who probed the Makalu Air, Altitude Air, Air Dynasty and Summit Air crashes are yet to get their money, by Sangam Prasain (kp24/09/2019)

Zürich Airport shortlisted to develop Nijgadh Airport, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 24/09/2019)

Rs5 billion international terminal to be built at Bhairahawa airport: Officials say the construction of the project is likely to start by 2020, by Sangam Prasain (kp 13/09/2019)

Four airlines poised to launch Kathmandu-Delhi flights,fares likely to drop: The additional services may ignite fierce competition and benefit consumers, say travel traders, by Sangam Prasain (kp 21/09/2019)

High cost lays aviation low in Nepal: Kathmandu has the highest fuel and handling costs of any airport in the world, and the poorest facilities, by Sharad Ojha (nt 20/09/2019)

Privatise NAC: The govt should give up the idea of doing business in airlines as the private sector has become capable of competing with others (ht 20/09/2019)

International flight operations disturbed (ht 20/09/2019)

CAAN unveils Rs 46.96 bn budget for 2019-2o; Civil aviation regulatory body plans to distribute bonus worth Rs 1.26 billion to staffers (ht 20/09/2019)