Monthly Archives: June 2014

Turkish Airlines starts daily flights

Turkish Airlines has started its daily service from Kathmandu to Istanbul from Saturday. 

Turkish Airline which became 27th Airlines to operate its flight to Tribhuwan International Airport after its operations on September 2, 2013 with four weekly flights between the two cities.

With the operation of daily flights between two cities, Nepal is expected to lure more tourists from Europe.

The Kathmandu-Istanbul flight is the longest non-stop commercial flight (7 hours) which links Europe with Kathmandu directly.

The airline has been operating flights in 237 cities around the world with 232 aircrafts, including passanger and cargo is ranked as the best airline in Europe for its smooth service.

Nepal installing radar system to boost air safety

Nepal is improving air transport safety by installing a new radar system and weather monitoring equipment to help prevent accidents during bad weather in the mountainous nation, an official said Wednesday.

Tourism Secretary Sushil Ghimire said the new radar system is being installed on a mountaintop just south of Kathmandu and will cover the entire country.

Nepal currently has only one radar system at Kathmandu’s airport which has limited range because it is located in a valley.

Many airstrips in the Himalayan nation are in mountain ranges, making flying dangerous during bad weather.

Ghimire said cameras are being installed in those airports which will transmit data and images to flight controllers in Kathmandu so they will be able to determine whether flying is safe.

In February, 18 people were killed when a plane slammed into a mountain in bad snow and fog. Flying conditions were fine in Kathmandu and the destination, but the weather along the way had deteriorated and the pilot did not have any warning.

Information from the new equipment will enable aviation officials to map out weather conditions across the country, Ghimire said.

Source: Himalayan Times