HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal and China have signed a memorandum of understanding on air service extension that, among others, allows airline companies of both the countries to conduct 56 flights per week to each other’s country. The number of these weekly flights will be increased to 63 by 2015 and 70 by 2016, the MoU says.
The MoU was signed by secretary at the ministry of culture, tourism and civil aviation Sushil Ghimire and deputy administrator at the Civil Aviation Administration of China Xia Xinghua on behalf of Nepal and China, respectively, on Monday.
The MoU allows cargo aircraft of any type to conduct unrestricted number of flights to both the countries. Likewise, Nepali airlines can now also fly to Xian apart from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Lhasa, Kunming, while Chinese airlines can now fly to two other destinations in Nepal other than Kathmandu, the MoU says.
However, if the majority of the stake in Nepal-based airline companies are held by foreign companies or nationals, approval must be sought from China’s Aeronautical Authority prior to making flights.