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Buddha Air has announced to operate a commercial flight between Kathmandu & Kolkata from April.
The privately-owned carrier will be operating three flights a week on the sector from the last of April according to Birendra Bahadur Basnet, managing director of Buddha Air.
“Most of the international flights to Nepal are focused on passengers traveling for job opportunities,” Basnet said, adding: “But our major focus will be on bringing tourists.”
Earlier, Buddha Air had announced plan to start flights to Kolkata from September 1, 2018.
Speaking at the press meet, Basnet said that Buddha Air was focused more on the tourist traffic. “Almost 70 percent of passengers in international flights operating to and from Nepal are migrant workers. We cannot compete in this segment,” he said. “That is why our focus is on tourist traffic.”
Buddha Air will operate ATR-72 aircraft for Kolkata flights. Flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Buddha Air has been operating around 800 flights per week. The airline also operates scheduled flights on Kathmandu-Varanasi-Kathmandu route.
Buddha Air operates a fleet of six ATR 72-500s, three ATR 42-300s & two 18-seater Beechcraft 1900Ds.
It operates scheduled flights to Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Simara, Janakpur, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Pokhara, Dhangadhi & Tumlingtar from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
It also operates flight to Varanasi, India. Watch full video right here: