May 3: The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has decided to suspend domestic flight from today midnight (May 3) due to the spike in Covid-19 infection. The aviation regulatory body has also decided to suspend international flights from midnight of May 6.
Rajan Pokhrel, director-general of CAAN, informed New Business Age that all domestic flights will be suspended from midnight of May 3 until the May 14. Likewise, international flights will be suspended from May 6 midnight until May 14, added Pokharel.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers on May 2 had decided to suspend all domestic flights from May 4 and international flights from May 6 due to the unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.
On May 2, Nepal recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in a day, with more than 7000 cases.
The Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC) had recommended the government suspend the flights to stop the virus from spreading.
As the number of new cases and daily fatalities continue to spike in the country, the government announced two-week long prohibitory order on April 29 in several affected districts, including Kathmandu.