Dozens of flights cancelled

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Dozens of flights cancelled

Oct 14, 2014-

Nearly 70 domestic and international flights were cancelled on Tuesday due to gusty winds and heavy rainfall caused by Hudhud, the cyclone in the eastern coast of India that has affected the weather pattern in Nepal.

According to domestic airlines operators, all mountain view flights and flights on the Pokhara-Kathmandu-Pokhara sector were cancelled. Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines were forced to cancel 20 flights each, while Simrik Airlines called off 15 flights.

Tara Air cancelled 10 flights on its mid- and far-western sectors. However, the weather did not disrupt flights on the Kathmandu-Lukla sector. Tara Air officials said 23 flights were operated between Kathmandu and Lukla on Tuesday. A Buddha Air official said they had to cancel 50 percent flights on Tuesday, a majority of them on the Kathmandu-Pokhara route.

Rough weather forced three international carriers—Jet Airways, Air India and Buddha Air—to cancel their scheduled flights.

China Eastern Airlines and Etihad planes were diverted to Lucknow after poor visibility made their landing at the TIA impossible, airport officials said.

Domestic carriers cancelled one-third of their flights—12,675—last year because of heavy rain, high winds or blinding fog.

Domestic operators estimate that cancellation of a long-haul flight causes a loss of Rs 300,000 to Rs 400,000 depending on the number of fliers. (PR)

DOMESTIC

Buddha Air.....................20

Yeti Airlines....................20

Simrik Airlines................15

Tara Air...........................10

INTERNATIONAL

Jet Airways.....................1

Air India..........................1

Buddha Air......................1

China Eastern..................diverted

Etihad Airways.................diverted

Published: 15-10-2014 08:58

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