YANGON, 26 January 2017: Himalaya Airlines, a Nepal-based airline, will launch flights between Kathmandu and Yangon in Myanmar, 24 February.
The airline will operate two flights weekly on the route on Monday and Friday using an Airbus 320.
Kathmandu Post confirmed that Nepal had signed an air service agreement with Myanmar in April 2006. Previously, Union of Burma Airways offered flights between Yangon and Kathmandu.
Last year, Nepal received 25,769 tourists from Myanmar, with the majority of them entering the country overland. Among them, 15,284 visited Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha.
The airline will also commence five weekly flights from Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, 10 February using A320.
Himalaya Airlines vice president, Vijay Shrestha, was quoted saying the launch of new destinations is part of Himalaya’s commitment to connect Nepal directly with Asia Pacific countries and boost tourism as well as trade opportunities.
The carrier currently operates flights to Doha and Colombo.
Himalaya received its first Airbus A320 in March, last year, and another one will join the fleet by the end of this month.
The new Airbus with has 158 seats including eight in business class.
The company plans to serve various Asian and Middle Eastern cities as takes delivery of 15 Airbus aircraft over the next five years. In the long-term it will hopes to lease an A330 to launch a service to Europe from Kathmandu. It will also expand operations to Japan, South Korea, Australia and the US possibly over the next five years, the airline VP said.