Nepal Airlines, which operates 33 flights a week to 8 international destinations with its two A320 and A330 each looks to be the prime beneficiary of Jet’s closure. However, one of the A320s needs to be grounded for regular maintenance so Nepal Airlines may not be able to fully meet passenger demand.
In this case, other carriers to India like Indigo and Air India stand to benefit, as well as Himalaya Airlines, Fly Dubai, Oman Air, Air Arabia, Qatar, Etihad to the Gulf countries. Jet’s Europe and North American passengers could also switch to Turkish, which operates daily flights to Istanbul with 90% of its passengers being transit.
With Jet out of the picture, Kathmandu will now be even better connected to Chinese cities than Indian ones. At present Kathmandu has 50 flights a week to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Kunming and Lhasa. There are now 35 flights a week to Delhi, and 3-4 direct weekly flights to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Varanasi and Kolkata.