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Nepal and Cambodia sign initial air services agreement

NEPAL and Cambodia have signed an initial air services agreement (ASA) that authorises flights between the two countries, reports Kathmandu's Himalayan Times

Nepal and Cambodia sign initial air services agreement

NEPAL and Cambodia have signed an initial air services agreement (ASA) that authorises flights between the two countries, reports Kathmandu's Himalayan Times

06 December 2018 - 19:00

NEPAL and Cambodia have signed an initial air services agreement (ASA) that authorises flights between the two countries, reports Kathmandu's Himalayan Times.

The agreement was signed between Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Mao Havanall, minister in charge of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation of Cambodia.



Though a final agreement to start air services between the two nations will be signed between the civil aviation authorities of both the nations, the initial agreement pave the way for holding direct flights between Nepal and Cambodia, informed.



'Related authorities of both the nations will meet soon for the final agreement on ASA,' said Nepalese Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry joint secretary Suresh Acharya.



With this, Cambodia has become 39th nation that Nepal has signed an ASA with ensuring direct flight links between the two countries for the first time.



The draft of the ASA signed between the two that both Nepal and Cambodia will each conduct 14 flights a week while providing unlimited air cargo authorisation between the two countries.



Mr Acharya opined that ASA with Cambodia will open up new prospects for tourism between the two countries. Similarly, direct air linkage is also expected to facilitate the movement of pilgrims from Cambodia, a Buddhist nation, to Lumbini - the birthplace of Buddha.



Meanwhile, the Cambodian aviation authority has also expressed its interest to start direct flights to the Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa, which is expected to begin operation from June.



Aviation authorities of the two nations will finalise the details regarding flight frequency, code sharing, cargo and other issues in the near future before starting commercial flights between the nations.



Nepal had recently revised the ASA with Thailand and increased the number of weekly flights from 10 to 28.


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