Nepal’s aviation sector bears heavy economic loss due to pandemic

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Nepal’s aviation sector bears heavy economic loss due to pandemic

December 23, Kathmandu.The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the country’s airspace as well as other regions. Among other sectors of the economy, the tourism sector has became mostly affected. In that too, the airspace has to bear heavy economic losses. International flights have been banned for a long time due to the nationwide curfew and subsequent ban imposed to control the Covid-19 infection.Due to the risk of infection spreading like a global pandemic, there was no environment for foreigners to come to Nepal. Not only international but also domestic flights were suspended. Regular international flights were operated on August 29 and domestic flights on September 23. The number of passengers on international and domestic flights has declined in 2020 due to the Covid epidemic.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the number of passengers arriving through Tribhuvan International Airport has decreased in the first nine months of 2020. As of September, the number of passengers is 927,208. In 2019, it was 4.138 million 482, which is 4.6 percent more than the previous year.

 

In 2018, there was an increase of 11.69 percent compared to the previous year and the total passenger traffic was 4.342 million 486. In 2017, a total of 3.8 million 87 thousand 845 passengers traveled on international flights, according to CAAN. As of September this year, the number of domestic passengers is 787,040.

 

In 2019, the number of passenger traffic is 3.188 million 487 which is 11.96 percent compared to the previous year. In 2018, there was an increase of 1.16 percent to 2.847 million 752 passengers. In 2017, there was a traffic of 2.4 million passengers.

The government had declared the year 2020 as Nepal Tourism Year. With a significant increase in foreign tourist arrivals expected this year, the Covid epidemic has had a significant impact on the aviation and tourism sectors, CAAN said. For international flights, 30 airlines including three Nepali and 27 foreign airlines are operating flights to 32 destinations in 15 countries, while nine fixed wing airlines and 10 helicopter airlines are operating domestic flights.

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