Nepal, India discussing new air routes for international flights to Nepal

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Kathmandu, June 14

A team of Airport Authority of India has arrived in Nepal to discuss additional air routes to enter Nepal, on Thursday.

A technical team from both Nepal and India will finalise new routes through talks, informed Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane.

At present, the international flights enter Nepal through Simara only. But, Nepal has been asking for more air routes through Nepalgunj, Mahendranagar, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, and Janakpur for the international flights to enter the country.

“We will discuss Mahendranagar, Nepalgunj, and Janakpur routes. We will also propose opening routes via Bhaiahawa and Biratnagar,” added Lamichhane.

Flights from China enter Nepal via Lhasa and above Mt Everest. Likewise, flights from Bhutan enter through Mechi zone.

But, flights from other countries can enter Nepal only from Simara. The discussion is being held to add other routes for entrance.

A similar meeting held in 2010 and 2016 had ended inconclusively. India has been refusing to provide other routes citing security reasons.