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Nepal, Bhutan revise air service agreement

Staff writer |
Nepal and Bhutan revised the bilateral air services agreement (ASA), increasing the flights between the two countries by three folds, with an immediate effect.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the two countries agreed to increase the passenger flight frequency to 21 per week, with any type of aircraft whether owned or leased. The two countries had signed the ASA in February 2004, which had allowed seven weekly flights.

Nepal’s Tourism Ministry Secretary Sushil Ghimire and Bhutan’s Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications Kinley Dorji signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of their respective governments in Thimphu, Bhutan.

The revised ASA has accepted the multiple designation system, under which there won’t be any restriction on any carrier of the two countries to fly to each other’s destinations.

Earlier, the single designation system had permitted only Bhutan’s national flag carrier Druk Air to operate flights to Kathmandu ’s Tribhuvan International Airport, while Nepali private carrier Buddha Air was enjoying the same rights in Bhutan.

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