Turkish Airlines, the only airline operating direct flights between Kathmandu from Europe, is increasing its flight frequency to three a week from 3 October. The airline, which used to operate daily on the Kathmandu-Istanbul sector just marked its seventh anniversary of connecting Nepal to the world.
“We are increasing our flight frequency to weekly three flights, and bookings are slowly picking up,” says Turkish Airlines manager for Nepal Abdullah Tuncer Kececi. “With protocols for tourist arrival and health safety protocols, we think Nepal’s nature and adventure will be one of the first choices of international passengers.”
Airline traffic is growing after Covid-19 grounded most airlines around the world and reduced international air travel to 10% of what it used to be. Turkish Airlines, which flies to more destinations than any other carrier, flew 2.9 million passengers in August. The airline is now flying regularly to 200 of its more than 300 destinations worldwide.
Devendra KC of Tribhuvan International Airport said the government had lifted restrictions on the number of flights because it was confident it could address health issues.
“We have been able to cope with the present volume of passengers, and although it will be challenging, we are confident that we can handle the greater numbers at Kathmandu airport,” he said.