NAC adds domestic flights
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has added two flights on the domestic routes.
The state-managed airlines that has been flying once a week to Taplejung will now fly twice, every Mondays and Thursdays, the airlines said, adding that the added flights to the remote districts will help increase access of the people.
Likewise, the ailing national flag carrier that has been struggling to recover market share from the private airlines has also restarted its Jumla flight. "The Jumla flight will be regular once a week," it said, adding that the airlines will fly to Jumla on Sunday and return to Kathmandu on Monday.
The airlines that had once the monopoly domestic market is fighting to get its market share as the private airlines have been competitive with enough fleet to fly, whereas the NAC has no aircraft to fly even on the domestic routes.
As Nepal is the mountainous country, in some of the districts, there is not yet road network and the air travel is the only means of transportation. Some 44 airports are operational in the country, where there are around one dozen domestic private airlines serving the air passengers.
Dogged by the frequent political bickering and mismanagement, the state-owned airlines has been in bad shape both financially and organisationally. The NAC has recently signed an agreement to buy six aircraft from China to get its old shape back.