I wonder why is the sudden interest? Anyway, with MH and AK on the route, Nepal Airlines and SilkAir (via SIN) should expect a very tough competition.
Two Malaysian airlines to fly to Nepal
KATHMANDU, Oct 13: Two Malaysian carriers - Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia - are preparing to start scheduled flights to Katmandu from December or early January. Malaysian Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, while Air Asia is a low cost carrier.
Prasiddha Bahadur Pandey, the president of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), expressed the hope that tourists arrival to the country will increase once the two airlines start flights. “More than 7,000 Malaysian tourists visit Nepal every year. The number will double after the two airlines start scheduled flight,” Pandey, who recently returned Kathmandu after a week-long promotional visit of HAN, said.
“Air Asia is a low cost carrier. We are hopeful of getting good number of visitors from the South East Asian nation.”
He also said Nepal should focus on regional market as the country does not have direct flights from Europe and US.
“A large number of quality tourists are coming to different Asian nations. We should devise programs accordingly to bring them here,” Pandey added.
The delegation also met Malaysian Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen. “The Malaysian minister was aware of Nepal´s tourism potentials and tourism products,” Pandey added.
Various programs were organized during the week-long campaign to promote Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
Edited by Mohd Azizul Ramli, 18 October 2010 - 08:30 PM.