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Royal Nepal Airlines operates an extensive network of air service in the
interior parts of Nepal. It has scheduled connection flights from Kathmandu
to TapIeJung, Bhadrapur, Rajbiraj, Bhojpur, Phaplu, Lukia, Lamidanda,
Tunmlingtar, Rumjatar, Biratnagar, Simra, Janakpur, Ramechhhap, Bharatpur,
Meghauli Pokhara, Jomsom, Manang, Baglung, Bhairahawa Nepalgunj Chaurjhahari,
Surkhet, Dang, Dolpa, Jumia, Bajura, 8aitadi, Dipayal, Darchula, Mahendranagar,
Dhangadi, Tikapur and Sanfebagar. Beside Royal Nepai Airlines the other
domestlc alrllnes such as Buddha Air, Yati Airlines, Nepal Airways, Everest
Air, Asian Helicopters, Necon Air, Lumbini Airways and Cosmic Airways
also provide regular and charter services to different popular destinations.
Airlines in Nepal
Many new domestic airlines have taken to the skies since the privatization
for the airline industry in 1991 (and several have even gone defunct).
All are based in Kathmandu, and most operate with small STOL (Short Take
Off & Landing) aircraft like Twin Otters. Below is a short profile
of each airline.
Yeti Airways was established in 1998 and operates with a fleet of four
19-seater DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft. Their route net covers Lukla,
Pokhara, Simikot, Phaplu, Lamidanda, Rumjatar, Simara, and Jomsom.
Nepal's trendiest airline operates with the most modern fleet –
four Raytheon Beech 1900D 19-seater aircraft. Buddha Air stresses the
safety factor, and though recently established in 1997, has quickly grown
to be popular. Destinations served include Lukla, Jomsom, Pokhara, Biratnagar,
Nepalganj, Bhairawa, and Bhadrapur.
Established in 1998, Cosmic Air operates with one 19-seater Dornier 228,
and have two MI-17 helicopters for charter services. Destinations served
include Lukla, Pokhara, Jomsom, Bharatpur, and Bhadrapur.
Gorkha Airlines has been in operation since 1996, serving Pokhara, Jomsom,
Lukla, Bharatpur, Bhadrapur, Tumlingtar, Simara, and Bhairawa with two
19-seater Dornier 228s.
Established in 1999, Shangri-la Air serves Pokhara, Jomsom, Lukla, Phaplu,
Bhairahawa, Bharatpur, Phaphlu, Rumjatar, and Simara with two 19-seater
DHC-6-310 Twin Otter aircraft.
Skyline Airways was established in 1999 and operates with two 19-seater
DHC-6-310 Twin Otter aircraft. Destinations include Lukla, Phaplu, Pokhara,
Jomsom, Bharatpur, Phaphlu, Rumjatar, and Simara.
Nepal's national flag carrier is yet to gain popularity despite having
been established over three decades ago. The government-owned airline,
however, has the most extensive network of domestic routes, serving virtually
every remote district in the country. Royal Nepal operates its domestic
network with a fleet of 19-seat Twin Otters and 44-seat Avro (HS-748)