Dhaka: Himalaya Airlines has started operating evacuation flights from seven different countries from today.
The carrier said in a press statement on June 15 that permission and authorisation has been received to bring back Nepalis, who are stranded in different countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In line with the government’s decision to evacuate Nepalis who are stranded abroad, the government has allowed two Nepali international airlines to operate charter flights.
Himalaya Airlines will operate 11 flights to destinations like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE between June 16 and June 20.
The airline has fixed USD 165 as airfare for flights from Bangladesh, USD 380 for Sri Lanka and Maldives, and USD 520 for Singapore and Cambodia. Similarly, the airfare for Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and UAE has been set to USD 372, USD 465, and USD 385, respectively.
Meanwhile, the airfare for the flight the airline is scheduled to operate from Maldives on June 19 has been set to USD 480. However, the charter flights will be operated only if the aircraft has 85 per cent occupancy.
Flight schedules can be changed or can be cancelled, depending upon the passenger bookings or other adverse factors, said the airline.
All the passengers are required to present proof that their PCR or RDT test is negative at the time of booking. As per the rule enforced by the government, it is mandatory for passengers to stay in quarantine upon arrival to Nepal.