Himalaya Airlines begins flight operations to Dhaka
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VIP delegation from Nepal and high officials of CAAB and HSJIA stand to take a photo after the inaugural flight successfully landed at the airport _Photo : Monitor
Dhaka : Himalaya Airlines, the private carrier of Nepal has started fight operations between Kathmandu and Dhaka on July 22 with Air Bus A-320 landing at Haz-rat Shahjalal International Airport at 1310 hrs.
The inaugural flight carried 141 passengers including high profile VIP team. The VIP team included Dhan Bahadur Budha, State Minister for Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation; Mashfee Binte Shams, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal and her husband Minhasur Rahman; Mohan Krishna Sapkota, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Aviation; Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board; KLhem Ganawali, PA to Minister of Foreign affairs and Bhim Bahadur Budha PA to Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Three officials of the airlines-Vijay Bahadur Sherestha, Vice President, Administration; Ull-wala Dali, Head of Department and Rahisha Thapa also accompanied the delegation.
The VIP delegation from Nepal was received in Dhaka by Air Vice Marshal M Mofidur Rahman, Chairman, CAAB; Air Commodore M. Mostafizur Rahman, Member Operation, CAAB and Group Capt Abu Syeed Mehboob Khan, Director, SJIA.
The A320 has a capacity of 150 in economy class and 8 in business class.
The airline will operate three flights a week on - Monday, Wednesday and Saturday to Dhaka.
Founded in 2014, Himalaya Airlines operates from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bangladesh is the ninth destination on the airline's network, which includes China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, UAE and its base Nepal.
Increasing connectivity between Nepal, Bangladesh
The launch of Dhaka-Kathmandu direct flights followed Dhan Bahadur Oli's, Acting Ambas-sador of Nepal to Bangladesh, announcement to increase connectivity with Bangladesh at the embassy on July 18.
The ambassador highlighted the huge potential of Bangladesh-Nepal bilateral relations urging to increase connectivity between the two countries.
Dilli Prasad Acharya, First Secretary of the Embassy of Nepal, Vijay Shrestha, Vice President, Administration, Himalaya Airlines and Sushil Kumar Basket, Country Manager of Himalaya Airlines, Bangladesh were also present on the occasion, among others.
The direct flight services aim to bring the people of Bangladesh and Nepal closer, said the ambassador.
Sushil Kumar mentioned that the airfare of the flight will be comparatively much cheaper than those already being operated by other airlines on the same route.