UAE, Nepal ink deal to expand air travel services

Tourists take a picture of a buddhist monk at the Hanuman Dhoka world heritage site on World Tourism Day in Kathmandu. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Tourists take a picture of a buddhist monk at the Hanuman Dhoka world heritage site on World Tourism Day in Kathmandu. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

The UAE and Nepal have signed an air service agreement allowing its state-run carriers to operate up to 70 flights a week between the countries.

The agreement will substantially increase aviation links between the two countries.

Of the UAE’s airlines, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad operates a daily flight to the capital, Kathmandu, while Dubai’s Emirates does not fly to the South Asian country.

The airlines also will be able to operate an unlimited number of cargo flights using any kind of aircraft.

The UAE also committed to train staff at the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and Nepali airlines.

The agreement stems from an increasing number of Nepalese workers moving to the UAE as well as the Arab country becoming an important hub in the Middle East, officials said during the signing ceremony in Nepal.

The countries’ designated airlines also will be able to use code sharing systems.

Another round of discussions to further liberalise the countries’ aviation relationship has been scheduled for 2015.

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