While national carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is the lone carrier plying on the Malaysian (Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur) route, competition is now heating up as three new airlines are about to join the fray. Budget carrier AirAsia, Malaysia’s flag carrier Malaysia Airlines and BB Airways are all planning to operate on Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur route. AirAsia has planned to launch flights on the route by the end of June, Malaysia Airlines from Sept 1st and BB Airways by Sept 13th. The Air Service Agreement (ASA) between Nepal and Malaysia allows Malaysian carriers to operate up to 21 flights a week.
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with Nepal Airlines Corporation participated at the MATTA (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) tourism fair held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11th to 13th March 2011. Destination Nepal and Nepal Tourism Year 2011 was promoted at the fair. Visitors to the Nepal stall mostly had queries about air connectivity & fares, special packages, tourism activities during NTY-2011 etc. The fair, organized by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents, and supported and endorsed by Ministry of Tourism in Malaysia, is Malaysia’s top consumer travel exhibition.
Nepal’s national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has announced increase in flight frequency to Delhi, Kuala Lumpur Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha and Bangkok. Every week NAC will be operating 22 flights to Delhi, six to to Kuala Lumpur, and three on the Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha and Bangkok routes. As part of its marketing strategy, the airlines has also cut down airfare on the Kathmandu-Delhi route to Rs 3,000/-(excluding taxes).
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