Air fares on all international airlines have gone up with the onset of spring season. International airways of Nepal, Nepal Airlines has also risen its fare. Spring is a favourable season for travel and tourism entrepreneurs.
With the increase in the number of visitors, the demand for air tickets has risen resulting in increased fares. International airlines flying into Kathmandu from India, China, Malaysia and the middle-east have all picked up sales. Passengers flying to Nepal from US and Europe have had to shell out double the normal fare. Air fares on the Kathmandu- Delhi sector have been hiked to almost NRs 26,000 to 30,000. The same tickets were sold for NRs 13000 to 14000 a month ago.
The low cost Indian carriers like Spice Jet and IndiGo have also upped their ticket prices. Summer vacationers travelling to Kathmandu and migrant workers make up the bulk of air passengers on the Kathmandu-Delhi sector. Middle-eastern carriers connecting Kathmandu like Qatar Airways, Etihad, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia are also doing brisk business. Airfares on the Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur sector have soared by 60-70 percent. A one-way ticket on the Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur flight which normally used to cost NRs 18000 now costs around Rs 30,600 on Nepal Airlines, Nrs 35,000 on Malaysia Airlines and NRs 32,000 on Air Asia.
Flight ticket for a New York-Kathmandu flight which used to cost
around Nrs 65,000 now has been hiked to NRs 120,000. The
London-Kathmandu air fare too has jumped to NRs 115,000 from NRs 55,000. Air fares on the France and Germany sectors have risen to Rs 100,000. Chinese carriers flying into Kathmandu have also hiked their fares by about 50-60 percent. Airlines flying from Guangzhou to Kathmandu are selling a one-way ticket at NRs 60,000, up from the normal NRs 30,000. As this is the busiest sector, tickets for this route have all been sold out till April,