First Commercial Flight at Pokhara International Airport

Pokhara, Nepal – A significant milestone is marked today as Pokhara International Airport commences its inaugural commercial flight. According to airport authorities, Royal Bhutan Airlines, known as Druk Air, is scheduled to touch down this morning.

In a historic moment as the airport’s second international flight, Bhutan’s official carrier, Druk Air, will land in Pokhara today and take off for Thimphu, Bhutan, tomorrow. Remarkably, the landing crew for this momentous occasion comprises just three members.

Druk Air thus etches its name in the annals of aviation history as the first airline to initiate international flights departing from Pokhara. Previously, an Airbus-319 from Sichuan Airlines had graced the tarmac of Pokhara Airport, albeit on a chartered mission that ended with an empty return flight to China.

Devchandra Lal Karna, Chief of the Civil Aviation Authority at Pokhara International Airport, stated that Bhutan’s Druk Air will facilitate passenger travel from Pokhara to Bhutan’s Paro International Airport, marking a significant step in the airport’s operations.

This inaugural international flight carries 42 passengers, signifying the airport’s entry into the realm of revenue generation from international flights for the first time. After approximately eight months of operation, Pokhara International Airport is poised to achieve a long-awaited milestone in its journey towards financial sustainability.


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