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(English) Nepal, China ink bilateral air service agreement

An Air China Airbus A330 takes off from Beijing to Kathmandu. Image: China Daily.
An Air China Airbus A330 takes off from Beijing to Kathmandu. Image: China Daily.

KATHMANDU, Nepal– Nepal and its northern neighbor China have agreed to operate 56 direct flights to each others’ land a week. Both the countries agreed to increase the flight from existing 14 flights per week after holding a bilateral air service agreement (ASA) between Nepal and China, Monday afternoon.

The direct flights between Nepal and China will automatically be increased to 63 a week in 2015 and 70 a week in 2016, according to the agreement.

Sushil Ghimire, secretary of Nepal’s Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and Xia Xinghua, deputy administrator of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) signed the deal.

So far, Nepali airlines have operated direct flights to seven Chinese destinations. On the occasion Chinese delegates are said to have informed their Nepali counterparts that a new airlines company was planning to operate a direct flight to Nepal. “Sichuan Airlines will soon begin its commercial operation in Nepal,” Xinhua quoted an official at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Currently, three Chinese aircrafts have linked three major cities of China and Kathmandu.

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