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Nepal Airlines flight to Delhi canceled at the last minute, 254 stranded

The plane was not cleared on Monday as its flight was not scheduled for that day, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) spokesperson Teknath Sitaula said.

A Delhi-bound Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) flight was not cleared by the country’s aviation authority to take off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, leaving 254 passengers stranded to pressure the national flag carrier to shift some of its international flights to the new Gautama Buddha International Airport. to ease congestion, officials said Tuesday.
The plane was not cleared on Monday as its flight was not scheduled for that day, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) spokesperson Teknath Sitaula said.

The flight was canceled after passengers were issued boarding passes, he said.

“NAC had permission to take off to Delhi during the morning schedule but was not allowed to operate the afternoon flight. Despite the fact that NAC officials knew that no flight was scheduled in the afternoon, they did not inform the passengers but rather distributed boarding passes to them,” Sitaula told PTI.

According to a Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) official, the regulatory body has reduced the number of NAC flights to New Delhi from TIA to 10 from 14 per week from Monday.

The NAC has been directed to operate at least one flight to/from the Gautama Buddha International Airport (GBIA) at Bhairahawa for the three flights operated at TIA to manage the existing air traffic at TIA and for efficient utilization of the new airport, the official said.

According to the CAAN official, it has sent several circulars to airlines to operate their flights from Bhairahawa, citing traffic congestion at TIA, but the companies are not complying with the requests.

“With the commencement of the winter flight schedule from October 30 to March 25, 2023, CAAN has directed them to operate one flight from GBIA for three flights from TIA,” the official said.

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