Turkish Airlines starts flights to Nepal
September 03 , 2013
Turkish Airlines started scheduled flights to Nepal on September 2.
The Airbus A330 aircraft of the Istanbul-based carrier landed at Tribhuvan International Airlines at 7:15 am with 280
passengers on board. It left for Istanbul at 8:45 am.
Turkish Airlines will initially operate four flights a week on
Istanbul-Kathmandu route. It will fly to Kathmandu from its hub in
Istanbul on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
“Kathmandu has a long history dating to 100 BC and is home to many
unique cultural and historical sites, including a large number of
Buddhist and Hindu temples which are protected by UNESCO designations,”
the airline said in a statement, adding, “In addition, it is the
starting point for numerous climbing and trekking expeditions across the
The airline has established direct link of Kathmandu with Europe. There
had been no scheduled flights between Kathmandu and European cities
since Lufthansa pulled out from Nepal in 1997.
According to Zenith Travels – the GSA of Turkish Airlines in Nepal, the
airline has received overwhelming response in Nepal. It has received
cent percent bookings for Kathmandu flights until January. Similarly,
flights to Istanbul have already been booked until November.
Turkish Airlines plan to increase flights frequency to seven flights a week depending on traffic.
The Air Service Agreement (ASA) between Nepal and Turkey, which was
signed in September 2010, allows the designated carriers of two
countries to operate 14 flights per week each on Kathmandu-Istanbul