Fuel starts to flow

Travel Bulletin - - NEPAL -

Flights into and around Nepal have re­turned to nor­mal af­ter the coun­try’s fuel sup­plies were hit by a trade dis­pute with neigh­bour­ing In­dia late last year. The coun­try’s tourism in­dus­try, al­ready reel­ing from low oc­cu­pan­cies fol­low­ing last year’s earth­quake, took an­other hit as in­ter­na­tional air­lines halved fre­quen­cies, while ground op­er­a­tions were also im­pacted by the short­ages.

How­ever the five month trade block­ade was lifted in Fe­bru­ary, with au­thor­i­ties now look­ing to China to shore up sup­plies in the event of fur­ther im­por­ta­tion dif­fi­cul­ties in the land­locked na­tion. Other de­vel­op­ments likely in­clude an agree­ment for the con­struc­tion of a new in­ter­na­tional air­port in Pokhara.

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