KATHMANDU:
Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has resumed its passenger flights to Lukla Airport, the gateway to Mt Everest, after more than two years of suspension.
Ashok Sigdel, spokesperson of NAC, said Nepali passengers will need to pay Rs5,105 for a one-way ticket on the Kathmandu-Lukla sector while foreigners will need to pay $151.
Lukla Airport, which serves as the gateway to Mt Everest, is the most lucrative airfield for domestic airlines where hordes of foreign trekkers and mountaineers travel annually, paying full airfare.
The Y12e, which is the improved version of Harbin Yunshuji Y-12-II, made its maiden passenger flights on Saturday at the Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing–Hillary Airport. On September 25, the Y12e successfully conducted a test flight at Lukla Airport, five years after it was inducted into its fleet.
The NAC now plans to fly them in several remote mountainous airports including at Lukla and Jomsom in remote Mustang in western Nepal, and Jumla, Dolpa, Simikot and Talchha airports in the country’s remote Karnali region in the mid-Western part of the country on a regular basis, said Sigdel.