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KATHMANDU: In a significant development, Nepal and Switzerland have officially signed an Air Service Agreement (ASA) to bolster air connectivity between the two nations. The accord, finalized by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), is set to open new avenues for aviation collaboration.
Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, Chief of the Civil Aviation Division at MoCTCA, highlighted that the bilateral agreement allows for a total of 28 flights per week.
Out of these, a maximum of 14 flights are designated for Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, while the remaining flights will operate to Gautam Buddha International Airport and Pokhara Regional International Airport.
The agreement encompasses provisions for scheduled flights by airlines from both Nepal and Switzerland. Currently, two airlines have been designated for these routes, with the flexibility to add more in accordance with demand. Joint Secretary Lamichhane also revealed that the agreement includes the provision of ‘third country code share,’ allowing airlines to extend their operations to third countries.
This recent pact brings the tally of countries with which Nepal has bilateral air service agreements to 42. Just last month, a similar agreement was reached with Rwanda, signifying Nepal’s commitment to expanding its global air network.
Looking ahead, Nepal is poised to further enhance its air connectivity, with preparations underway to sign a similar agreement with Indonesia, a Middle East Asian country. Lamichhane confirmed ongoing coordination with Indonesian authorities for the impending air service agreement.
Additionally, discussions are in progress with other nations, including Russia, as Nepal seeks to solidify its aviation ties on the international stage.
The signing of the Air Service Agreement with Switzerland marks a significant milestone for Nepal, fostering stronger diplomatic and economic relations while opening up new horizons for global travel enthusiasts.
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