Kathmandu, Nepal, July 21, 2020: The Nepal government has decided to resume operation of both domestic and international flights from coming August 17. A cabinet meeting held on Monday decided to resume flights ending the four-month-long suspension imposed due to the global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The government had suspended both domestic and international flights on March 22 in view of preventing COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Only the chartered flights to deport the stranded people or delivery of medical goods were allowed during the suspension period of flights.
The cabinet meeting, however, has assigned the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to prepare criteria to operate flights safely. The ministry is responsible to take decision regarding the flights.
Though the cabinet meeting has decided to resume both domestic and international flights starting from August 17, we will set criteria for safety before resuming the operation of the flights, minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattrai said.
The government has made the decision at the time when spread of COVID-19 is yet to be contained though it is in declining pace in Nepal. The decision to allow resuming the flights, however, has pleased the tourism entrepreneurs, who were completely distressed due to the complete shutdown of their business.
Likewise, the government has is also mulling idea to let the hotels and restaurants to resume their service from July 30 even though formal decision is yet to be made.