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Saurya Airlines adds second Bombardier CRJ-200 on its fleet

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KATHMANDU — Saurya Airlines has added another  Bombardier CRJ-200 series jet to its fleet on Sunday, three years after starting its commercial operation in the country’s domestic sector with a similar aircraft.

The 50-seater Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) plane bearing an American registration mark N695BR landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 5pm on Sunday, according to the company.

The airline, which is currently operating its flights on three trunk routes — Biratnagar, Bhadrapur and Nepalgunj — has announced that it would be adding another aircraft of the same type within three months to add Dhangadhi and Bhairahawa routes.

“We are also going to start the mountain flight soon,” the airline said, claiming that the aircraft is basically preferred by the people for its comfortable seat, spacious legroom, on time performance and optimum safety.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has allocated the Nepali registration mark 9N-AME and the airline has said  they have started the process to deregister the foreign registration mark.

Under the CAAN regulations, all scheduled carriers are required to operate at least two aircraft within six months of buying or leasing the first one.

Saurya Airline has brought its first CRJ-200 aircraft to serve domestic routes but was forced to keep its new plane grounded for nearly three months due to lengthy paperworks. It launched its maiden commercial flight on November 17, 2014.

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TIA to operate services for 21 hrs daily from upcoming mid-May

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KATHMANDU — Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the only international airport in the country, would be operated for 21 hours daily.

In an interaction organized by the Nepal Tourism Infrastructure Development Council here in the Ministry on Tuesday, Minister Adhikari shared that the Ministry was preparing to operate the TIA for 21 hours daily from upcoming mid-May.

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He added that the move was targeted to lessen air traffic pressure as the TIA is facing acute air traffic pressure as of late.

He added that though he was planning to operate 24 hours services in the TIA, it takes time to this effect. He also shared that night flights currently available from Kathmandu to Dangadhi will be extended to Bhadrapur of Jhapa in the near future.

Experts in tourism and culture sectors suggested Minister Adhikari to adopt effective plans and programmes for the development of these sectors.

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