July 24, 2015 – Kathmandu
Nepal Airlines will start flying to Mumbai and Bangalore from September after a ten years gap. The flights have been possible due to the recent fleet expansion with its latest Airbus A320 aircrafts and rising demands of passengers willing to travel from the major Indian cities.
Nepal Airlines is seeking to increase the market share of international passengers that fly to Nepal. A report published in 2012 revealed that the market share of Nepal Airlines hit an all-time low of just 3.05%. Indian airline companies (Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and SpiceJet) accounted for the largest 47.4% share of the international passengers at that time. Speaking to Republica, Ram Hari Sharma spoke for NAC – “We are hopeful that addition of two new sectors will help to increase our market share”.
According to the airline, there will be three weekly flights to both cities. Bangalore flights will begin September 1 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights to Mumbai will begin from September 2 scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. NAC already connects to the capital New Delhi with its daily flight. One way airfare for both Bangalore and Mumbai is fixed at NRs. 4,000 before taxes.