July 24, 2016, Kathmandu – Government owned carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) announced resumption of its flights on the Kathmandu-Dubai route starting August 18, four years after it was suspended due to the lack of aircraft.
NAC Spokesperson Ram Hari Sharma said they would be conducting three flights every week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) on the sector. The Kathmandu-Dubai operation was ceased in 2012.
The UAE is the fourth largest destination for Nepali migrant workers. According to the Economic Survey 2015-16, in the first eight months of this fiscal year, 34,975 Nepali migrants had left for jobs to the UAE.
The national carrier, in its golden days, used to fly to Amsterdam, Colombo, Dhaka, Frankfurt, Karachi, London, Osaka, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore and Vienna, besides five Indian cities— Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Patna. It presently connects Kathmandu with Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Bangkok and three cities in India—Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Over 450 thousands of Nepalese Migrant workers are living in the UAE and numbers are increasing daily. Half a dozen airlines including Air Arabia, Etihad airways, Fly Dubai and other connecting flights are operated between Nepal and the UAE daily.
Mismanagement, corruption, lack of interest of government and effective utilization of resources of government organisations in Nepal are hampering business such as airlines, hydro power projects, telecom, oil corporation and so on.