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Nepal Airlines is resuming its Japan service with a flourish. It is offering flight tickets to Osaka at the throwaway price of Rs45,000 one-way, which is 25 percent cheaper than the going rate. A roundtrip ticket will cost Rs80,000, airline officials said.
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Japan Civil Aviation Bureau approved the passenger fare filed by Nepal Airlines Corporation on Wednesday, opening the way for the national flag carrier to make preparations to operate direct flights to Osaka. At most international airports, foreign carriers are required by law to file passenger fares.
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The cash flow problem in the state-owned airlines, however, started nine months ago when it inducted two brand new Airbus A330 jets into its fleet last year, as they largely remained under-utilised for months after failing to get enough routes to fly.
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The last-minute airfares to New Delhi shot up to as high as Rs50,000 after the shutdown of Jet Airways last week. Hundreds of passengers have since been affected by high airfares while travel agencies say it may go up further if the seat shortage gap is not taken care of immediately.
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A week after the country’s only international airport grounded a Nepal Airlines flight citing new flight time regulations, airport officials have allowed a FlyDubai flight to take off past its flight deadline, displaying how haphazard the airport’s management has been ever since runway renovation began.
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The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal said it was ‘unlikely but possible’ that Nepal Airlines’ would start flying to Osaka in March-end, indicating that the national flag carrier had many safety deficiencies to fix first. The aviation agency’s statement followed Nepal Airlines’ announcement that it would be launching a nonstop service to Japan with its brand new Airbus A330 next month.
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