January 28: In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Himalaya Airlines has suspended flights to three destinations in China from immediate effect. Himalaya Airlines, a joint venture company of Nepal and China, had been operating flights to five destinations in China.
The Chinese government itself has imposed a lockdown on Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the virus is believed to have originated, and restricted its citizens from travelling abroad. This has not only affected global tourism but also limited air passengers. Due to such adverse situation, Himalaya Airlines decided to postpone flights to Changsha, Guiyang and Shenzhen.
Vice President of Himalaya Airlines Vijay Shrestha said that the flights to Beijing and Chongqing, which was started only a week ago, will remain unaffected.
China has also prohibited international travel agencies from selling travel packages to Chinese nationals until further notice.
Besides the five destinations in China, Himalaya Airlines has been operating flights from Kathmandu to Dhaka in Bangladesh, Kula Lumpur in Malaysia, Doha in Qatar, Abu Dhabi in UAE and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
Flights to Dubai have also been on hold due to some other reasons but the company assured they will resume operation shortly.
The airline has plans to start flights to Lhasa and Shanghai of China, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and resume the flights to Yangon and Colombo in Myanmar and Sri Lanka respectively.