KATHMANDU — Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways is all set to operate direct flights from Kuwait City to Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Kuwait City starting November 29 with narrow-body Airbus A320s to cater growing travel demand with Nepali migrant workers going to the oil-rich country.
Civil Aviation Ministry has given operating authorisation to Wataniya on October 30. The direct service is expected to benefit Nepali migrant workers in Kuwait as Kuwait-bound Nepali travellers currently have to go via Saudi Arabia as there is no direct air connection.
Nepal and Kuwait signed an air service agreement (ASA) in January 2006.
Wataniya flights will land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 11 pm and depart at 12 midnight. The airline, which currently has two narrow-body Airbus A320s, plans to have a total of 50-60 aircraft by 2025.
Just last Tuesday, Wataniya had announced a $2.68 billion deal with Airbus to purchase 25 A320neo aircraft as the carrier plans to expand its network around the world, according to media reports.
Wataniya plans to launch services to 16 destinations in Egypt, the UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, India, Pakistan and Europe.
Kuwait is the fifth biggest employer of Nepali workers, according to the Department of Foreign Employment.
12,507 Nepalis received permits to work in Kuwait in the last fiscal year. In 2015-16, the number of job aspirants totalled 10,049 individuals.Follow @gorkhapost
Plane lands at Balewa Airport first time in 16 years
PARBAT — An aircraft of the Tara Air landed at Balewa Airport for the first time in 16 years.
The private airline conducted the test flight from Pokhara with a Twin Otter aircraft having the call sign 9NKL.
The airline is preparing to operate regular flights from Pokhara to Balewa from coming March 23. The company said there seemed no problem in the airport to operate the regular flight.
The twin otter with three crew members– pilot Santosh Shah, co-pilot Prabhat Ghimire and air hostess Sirjana Humagain –made its landing at the airport which was shut owing to lack of passengers.
The Baglung Municipality has agreed to bear the loss if the airline company failed to find passengers for regular flights.
Earlier, the Municipality promised to compensate if the loss in the operation of regular flights and, following the Municipality’s announcement, various airlines companies became ready to operate their services to Balewa.Follow @gorkhapost