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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)

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