China Eastern to resume passenger flights on Kunming-Kathmandu route
China Eastern Airlines is set to resume regular passenger flights on the Kunming-Kathmandu route starting from August 14. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has granted permission to China Eastern for this flight, marking a significant step in restoring air connectivity between the two countries.
Initially, the airline will operate one flight per week, utilizing the Boeing 737-700 aircraft for the route. Gyanendra Bhul, the information officer of CAAN, confirmed the permission and stated that the company has indicated its willingness to increase the number of flights in response to demand.
Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, China Eastern operated seven flights per week on this route. However, due to the pandemic, the airline suspended passenger flights and limited its operations to cargo-only flights. With the situation improving and the pandemic coming under control, China Eastern is now resuming passenger services to Kathmandu.
Currently, there are six airlines operating flights between the two countries, further contributing to strengthening bilateral ties and promoting tourism and trade opportunities.
Helicopter flights to Annapurna and Everest
Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter Tour is one hour helicopter flight from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp. It takes about three hours to complete the Annapurna helicopter tour from Kathmandu. Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter landing tour is second most popular helicopter tour in Nepal.
Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Exploring the base camp of Mount Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is the major highlights of this heli ride package. This Annapurna helicopter flight takes you over the hills, villages, jungles, rivers and lands at the mountain base camp.
For those who are limited by time but want to explore the Himalayan beauty, this Annapurna Base Camp Helicopter tour is the best option. Heli tour to Annapurna gives you the opportunity to view many dramatic landscapes, lush and primitive valleys and stunning mountain ranges of the entire Annapurna region. In fact, the helicopter tour constitutes the fastest possible and an excellent way to get close views of various mountains belonging to the Annapurna region and get a wonderful experience of the behold wilderness.
Flying from the Pokhara airport, the helicopter flight directs towards the north and offers the stunning view of mountains like Mount Annapurna, Mount Nilgiri, Mount Machhapuchhre, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Manaslu and Mount Hiunchuli, along with many neighboring mountain peaks. Similar to Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour, this heli ride is best for mountain views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
Thai Airways resumes Kathmandu-Bangkok flights
The Thai Airways International, the national flag carrier of Thailand, has resumed its Kathmandu-Bangkok flights from Sunday.
The airlines had suspended its Kathmandu-Bangkok flights since March 25, 2020 after the Covid pandemic.
General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Pratap Babu Tiwari confirmed that Thai Airways International restarted its flights.
With the resumption of Thai Airways flights, Thai Smile has ceased its operations in Kathmandu.
Thai Airways International commenced its service in Nepal in December 1968.
The TIA Office has announced that Nepal’s international flights have returned to pre-Covid levels.