ECONOMYNEXT - The start of direct flights by Himalaya Airlines to Colombo from Nepal will boost economic links and tourism, Sri Lanka's embassy in Kathmandu said.
"Sri Lanka is the fourth largest tourist source market for Nepal after India, China and
USA," the embassy said.
"The operation of direct flights between Kathmandu and Colombo is a great encouragement for tourism entrepreneurs to increase number of tourists.
"…[D]irect air links would boost trade relations between the two countries, and further strengthened the bilateral relations."
In 2014, 37,546 Sri Lankans had visited Nepal, via India with about 90 percent travelling to Bhuddist pilgrimage in Lumbini.
A total of 37,546 Sri Lankans visited Nepal in 2014. At present 90 percent of Sri Lankans visit Nepal via India to pay homage to Buddhist sites in Lumbini.
The flights will start on October 01, 2016 using A320 aircraft with 150 economy and 8 business class seats.
Flight H9673 will fly every Tuesday and Saturday leaving Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu at 1130 hours and arrive in Colombo at 1515 hours.
The return flight is at 1615 from Bandaranaike International Airport and will touch down in Kathmandu at 2015 hours.
Sri Lanka's Mihin Lanka carrier had earlier obtained permission to fly to Kathmandu but it was aborted in the wake of an earthquake. (Colombo/Sept30/2016)