Nepal, Bhutan agree to boost air connectivity and tourism
Nepal’s Tourism Ministry Secretary Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya and Bhutan’s Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications Kinley Dorji signed a memorandum of understanding in Kathmandu to formalise the agendas in the near future, Kathmandu Post report.
The two countries have decided to give permanent status to the air service agreement (ASA) signed and revised in different periods. Nepal and Bhutan signed the ASA in February 2004, which had allowed seven weekly flights. It was revised on May 17, 2014, permitting flight frequency to 21 per week.
Likewise, Nepal has agreed Bhutan’s proposal to grant two more traffic frequency on Paro-Kathmandu-Delhi and Delhi-Kathmandu-Paro from existing four per week under the fifth freedom rights. ■