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KATHMANDU, NOV 28 -
Buddha Air is scheduled to start operations on the Kathmandu-Lucknow sector on Jan. 7, 2011. Celebrated as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh state of India. It is the second international destination after Bhutan for Buddha Air, a private Nepali carrier.
The airline plans to fly thrice a week between Kathmandu and Lucknow (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday) and upgrade the service to a daily shortly. It will use ATR aircraft on the route.
A Buddha Air official said that India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had given it the go-ahead to operate alpha operations 10 days ago.
According to Buddha Air, the one-way fare for the 55-minute Kathmandu-Lucknow flight has been fixed at Rs 5,600 (excluding taxes).
The airline has announced connecting seven Indian cities by the end of 2011. In the first phase, it plans to link Lucknow, Kolkata and Patna. In the second phase, it plans to extend its service to Varanasi, Guwahati, Derhadun and Gorakhpur.
“After we start operations on the Lucknow sector, we plan to add one city to our flight network each month,” said Rupesh Joshi, senior marketing manager. Although Buddha Air had aimed to connect different Indian cities from Pokhara and other regional airports, the plan had to be put on hold as the airports are still being upgraded to handle international flights.
“We will be operating cross-border flight from Pokhara until the airports becomes viable for international operations,” Joshi added.
Nepal and India revised the air service agreement in September 2009 increasing the number of weekly flight seats to 30,000 and opening 10 new destinations. Nepali airlines are permitted to fly to 21 destinations in India. Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines operate flights to Kathmandu. SpiceJet is the latest carrier to connect Nepal and India.
Buddha Air went international on August 23 after 13 years of domestic service by beginning commercial flights to Paro, Bhutan. It was the first international airline to link Bhutan.
Posted on: 2010-11-29 09:04