Turkish airlines, the only European airlines are in Kathmandu, has increased its Instanbul flight frequency to three a week to mark its seventh anniversary of connecting Nepal to the world.
“We are increasing our flight frequency to 3 weekly, and bookings are slowly picking up,” says Turkish airlines manager for Nepal Abdullah Tuncer Kececi. “With protocols for tourist arrival and health safety, we think Nepal’s nature and adventure will be one of the first choices for international passengers.”
Turkish airlines says it insures thorough disinfection of aircraft cabin after every flight, there are HEPA filters on board they can remove 99.97% of all particles with diameters of up to 0.3 µm. With a 7 hour flight time, the Istanbul connection is the longest direct flight from Kathmandu at present.
“Hygiene expert cabin crews are appointed on our flights, and they are in charge of lavatory disinfection and enforcement of all on-board safety and social distancing measures,” Kececi told Nepali Times. “As the airline flying to the most destinations in the world, Turkish Airline’s vision from day one has been to connect Nepal to the world. Nepalis a tourism destination for us, and we hope that as things get back to normal we will continue to be a partner for Nepal’s tourism and aviation industry into the future.”