Fuel starts to flow
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.