“No new licenses should be given for internal airlines”

<br>Rameshwar Thapa, President, Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN)

Sept. 30, 2012, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol. : 06 No.-08 Sept. 28-2012 (Ashoj 12, 2069)

How is the current situation of the airlines in Nepal?

The time is not that good. At a time when the whole country is crippled by political instability, airlines have not been able to remain away from the mess. Although there has been no major implication of the global financial crisis, the airlines sector has not been able to stay away from the internal financial crisis.  There are no major achievements in this field in the present situation.


It has been heard that it is difficult for the airlines companies even to cover their operational costs. Is that true?


Airlines business is far more challenging than other businesses. Like I have already said, when the whole country is going through crisis, airlines companies have not been able to remain away from it. Although right now, the time is difficult, for those who walk ahead properly, it won’t be that difficult to sustain business. Due to the current overall gloomy condition, it is normal to have bad effects in this sector as well. No new licenses should be given for internal airlines for the betterment of this sector. There are enough airlines companies operating in Nepal and Nepal’s market is small. 

 

Isn’t it time to search alternatives for the one and only international airport -- Tribhuvan International Airport?


The country should have already built another international airport by now, if we analyze the travelers and airlines records, but this has not happened. Right now there is no space to park in the airport. There is traffic jam even in the air and it’s very risky to work in such conditions.


Although there are various issues regarding the construction of second international airport in Pokhara, is it possible to construct international airport there?


As a pilot myself, I think it is possible to construct an international airport in Pokhara. There are no major issues in air routes and air spaces as well.

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