Himalaya Airlines took to the skies on Tuesday operating its first commercial flight from Kathmandu to Colombo.This flight was planned to celebrate the Sri Lanka- Nepal New Year. The airlines had offered irresistible round trip fare for passengers of this flight.
The flight intends to help promote tourism between Nepal and Sri Lanka and enhance people-to-people contact between the two countries, The Airbus 320-214 of Himalaya Airlines took off from Tribhuvan International Airport Kathmandu at 9:05 am and landed in Colombo at 12:30 pm.
The airline’s first commercial flight was jointly inaugurated by the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Nepal W.M. Senevirathna the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai , and Cheng Yiru, Chairman of Tibet Airlines.
The airline had offered round trip fare of Rs 55,000 for business class and Rs 35,000 for economy class.The airline welcomed its first aircraft Airbus 320-214 on March 9 2016. Over the next five years, the airline aims to acquire 15 Airbuses, 320 family air crafts that will operate from Kathmandu to various cities in Asia and beyond.
The first operating flight from Kathmandu to Colombo will be a great encouragement for Sri Lanka to increase the number of tourists from Nepal and visiting tourists to Sri Lanka through Nepal. This will increase trade links between the two countries and also save money and time (3 ½ instead of more than 10-15 hours transits) spent on travelling.