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Shree Airlines brings its first CRJ-200 jet

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KATHMANDU —  Shree Airlines, Nepal’s largest helicopter operator, has recived its first 50-seater Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ-200) on Wednesday.

Shree Airlines has become the second Nepali carrier to fly Bombardier aircraft after Saurya Airlines. Its other two jets—78-seater CRJ-700 and 50-seater CRJ-200—will arrive next week, according to the airline.

The aircraft was flown from Japan via China. The airline plans to begin commercial passenger service soon.

According to the airline, it has been allotted six sectors—Bhadrapur, Biratnagar, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and mountain flight.

Currently,Nepal Airlines, Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines, Simrik Airlines and Saurya Airlines serve domestic trunk routes.

Shree had already received a no objection certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in March to buy or lease aircraft, eight months after the carrier applied to begin fixed-wing operations.

Shree will be hiring at least 200 more personnel for its expansion project. The airline was started in 1999, and it currently has six MI-17 and four Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopters.

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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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