Nepali air­crafts may fly to China

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The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has as­sured that it will al­low Nepali air­crafts to fly to dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions in China. Chi­nese Min­is­ter for Cul­ture Luo Shugang has as­sured of in­creas­ing the num­ber of flights be­tween the two coun­tries and al­low­ing Nepali air­line com­pa­nies to fly to the Chi­nese des­ti­na­tions by Fe­bru­ary next year. Ac­cord­ing to The Hi­malayan Times daily, Chi­nese Cul­ture Min­is­ter Luo, who was in town last week, held meet­ing with his Nepali coun­ter­part, Rabindra Ad­hikari, gave such an as­surence.

“The Chi­nese team has agreed to open air routes for Nepali car­ri­ers to fly to China and do­mes­tic car­ri­ers will soon be al­lowed to fly to var­i­ous Chi­nese des­ti­na­tions,” in­formed Min­is­ter for Cul­ture, Tourism and Civil Avi­a­tion Rabindra Ad­hikari. Nepal and China had signed a re­vised bi­lat­eral air ser­vices agree­ment (ASA) on Fe­bru­ary 25, 2014. Both the coun­tries had agreed to op­er­ate 56 flights per week through any type of air­craft on a re­cip­ro­cal ba­sis. More­over, the re­vised pact also had a pro­vi­sion whereby an ad­di­tional seven flights per week could be added from 2016 if needed. The re­vised agree­ment had also given un­lim­ited traf­fic rights for cargo-only flights through any type of air­craft. It had also per­mit­ted bi­lat­eral and third-party code shar­ing by car­ri­ers of the two coun­tries. But till date, all the afore­men­tioned op­tions and fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing utilised by Chi­nese air­line com­pa­nies only. In the pre­vi­ous ASA signed in 2003, Chi­nese air­lines were al­lowed to op­er­ate two flights a day to Nepal. Nepali car­ri­ers at present are per­mit­ted to fly to six dif­fer­ent points in China — Chengdu, Lhasa, Bei­jing, Kun­ming, Shang­hai and Guangzhou. Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter Ad­hikari, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has also agreed to sup­port the ‘Visit Nepal 2020' cam­paign. As per the agree­ment, the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment will ad­vise out­bound trav­ellers from China to visit Nepal. Dis­cus­sions are also be­ing held to ex­tend cul­tural ties be­tween the two neigh­bours. “We have also agreed to al­low climbers who sum­mit Mt Ever­est, Lhotse, Makalu and Choyu from ei­ther side to climb down from the other side in co­or­di­na­tion with the The Great Hi­malayan Trail pro­mo­tion pro­gramme,” in­formed Ad­hikari. “This is a new de­vel­op­ment and we hope it will help fur­ther pro­mote tourism in the coun­try.” More­over, the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion has also made a com­mit­ment to sup­port the re­con­struc­tion of the Nuwakot Dur­bar.

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