December 3: Nepal Airlines Corporation has signed an agreement with Japan for ground services including ground handling, fuel and slots before starting flights to Narita, Japan. With this agreement, the flag carrier of Nepal is preparing to begin commercial flights to Narita from January 2020. The state-run airline company of Nepal has been operating two flights per week to Osaka, Japan since August 29.
NAC’s plan to operate flights to Narita was uncertain due to lack of ground handling services. They have now signed agreement with Japan Civil Aviation Bureau’s ground handling service. According to the joint spokesperson of the corporation, Sulekh Mishra, the agreement was signed successful with the coordination of Japanese Embassy in Nepal and Nepalese Embassy in Japan.
“From the business perspectives, Narita is better than Osaka. However, due to some technical reasons, the corporation started the flight to Osaka first. Now that all the preparations have been made, the corporation will fly to Narita at the specified time,” he said.
Currently, NAC is planning to operate three flights a week to Narita, and the number of flights can be added after analysing the market. “There is higher Nepali settlement in Narita. Looking at the scenario, daily flights can be operated. But for now, the corporation has decided to fly at least three flights a week. New plans will be made after looking at the result,” he added.
NAC currently has two wide-body aircraft Airbus A–330, two narrow-body Airbus A–320 aircraft for international flights.