(English) Domestic airlines asked to add extra flights

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KATHMANDU, Nepal–The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on Thursday asked domestic airlines to add extra flights during the festive season.

The airlines have been asked to submit their plans to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN ) within a week to add the flights for the Hindu’s major festival.

Hundreds of thousands of people living in Kathmandu rush back to their homes for Dashain, and the annual mass departure causes a system overload at airlines, lasting more than a week.

The ministry has also directed the operators to charge airfares as approved by the government.

As per the data of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), 320,210 travellers, or 21 percent of the total 1.54 million domestic passengers, flew during Dashain and Tihar last year.

The Ministry also directed the operators to manage flights to provide efficient services to the expected rush of South Korea aspirants, who will return back to Kathmandu for the EPS examination scheduled to be held on  September 26-27.

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