July 23: Himalaya Airlines has started direct flights to Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, from July 22, Monday.
The private airliner made an inaugural flight which took off for the Bangladeshi capital with 141 passengers on board at 11:33 am Nepali time from Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday.
The inaugural flight landed exactly at 1 pm Bangladeshi time at Hajarat Sahajlal International Airport in Dhaka, informed Himalaya Airlines.
According to Himalaya Airlines, the aircraft returned to Kathmandu from Dhaka at around 2:26 pm local time with 104 passengers onboard.
The airlines had recently announced flights to Dhaka with the tagline “Bringing Dhaka closer to Kathmandu”.
The airline in a statement said that it will operate three flights a week to and from Dhaka on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
According to Himalaya Airlines, it will operate an Airbus A 320 narrow-body aircraft with a capacity of 150 passengers in economy class and eight in premium economy class along the route.
Himalaya Airlines has appointed SAir Air as the authorized global sales management (GSM) agent for Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte said that the flight will support the business and tourism of the two countries.
“We take pleasure to announce our connectivity to another Asian destination - Dhaka, Bangladesh, shouldering our role in contributing to the promotion of tourism and business amongst neighboring countries. This connectivity will boost business opportunities between Nepal and Bangladesh and shall also serve as a bridge between the Middle East Countries and Bangladesh,” a statement issued by the airline quoted Vijay Shrestha, vice president of the administration at the airlines, as saying.
Himalaya Airlines currently operates flights to Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur from Kathmandu.