Himalaya Airlines announces a flight schedule revision for its passenger services on the Kathmandu/Colombo/Kathmandu route with effect from January 21 till April 04, 2017.
According to the revision, H9 673 will depart from Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu at 1600 hours and will arrive in Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo at 1930 hours. H9 674 departs from Colombo at 2030, arriving Kathmandu at 2345 hours on the same day. The Airlines operates two flights a week by A320-214 (configured with 8 Business Class and 150 Economy class seats),on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Sharing the reason for revision in flight schedule, Vijay Shrestha, Vice President - Administration, said, “Since Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo is closed from 0830 hours to 1630 hours (local time) each day for maintenance work on the runway from January 6 to April 6 2017, we have revised the flight schedule keeping in mind the convenience of the valued passengers. We regret for any inconvenience caused to the passengers due to these arrangements and request for the kind cooperation”.
Himalaya Airlines, Nepal- China joint venture, is established in August 2014. Himalaya Airlines, a full service carrier, started its scheduled flights operations from May 31, 2016 flying directly to Doha, Qatar and Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 1 2016.
The airline had welcomed its first new aircraft MSN 6626, Airbus 320-214, Nepal registration number 9N-ALM, on March 9, 2016 at 14:25 NST. The aircraft flew as promotional flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 12, 2016 and May 3, 2016, offering special round trip packages.
The airline has been able to well establish itself by grabbing 20% market share for Doha sector with average 80% seat occupancy and in also experiencing a gradual pick up of passenger figures for Colombo sector.
In the upcoming months of 2017, Himalaya Airlines plans to connect to Dammam, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chennai in the first phase and later to Dubai, Hongkong, Bangkok, Beijing, Lhasa and Chengdu as well.
Over the coming five years, the airline aims at acquiring 15 Airbus 320 family aircraft and plans to connect Kathmandu to various new destinations in Asia and beyond. The company will introduce long haul wide body aircraft of A330 family in due course of time for the operation of direct flights to Japan, Korea, Europe, Australia, and America.