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Int'l airfares drop by 30%-35% in Nepal

05-12-2010 15:50 BJT

KATHMANDU, May 12 (Xinhua) -- With the number of airlines connecting Nepal to different global destinations increasing, airfares have dropped by more than 30-35 percent this year, local media reported on Wednesday.

Travel agencies said that the growing number of airlines and travellers and increased flight frequency had triggered a massive price war.

Dipendra Kumar Sharma, managing director of DK Travel and Tour, was quoted by The Kathmandu Post daily as saying that competition between airlines and their increased flight frequency had ultimately benefited Nepali passengers.

He said that class airlines operating in the Middle East had slashed the price of their tickets from 25,000-30,000 Nepali rupees(some 352-422 U.S. dollars) just one year ago to 16,000-18, 000 rupees (225-253 dollars).

Sharma said that Qatar Airways had upped its weekly frequency from 11 flights to 21 flights.

Bahrain Air has increased its three weekly flights to seven. Air Arabia now flies 11 times a week compared to thrice previously, and Gulf Air operates 13 weekly flights against nine weekly flights before.

Etihad Airways has increased its flight frequency to seven per week from four. Likewise, other airlines have started adding flights with the ongoing competition.

Shyam Raj Thapaliya, managing director of Osho World Travel Nepal, said that airfares to the United States, Europe and China have also dropped significantly.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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