Domestic airlines announce ticket booking for Dashain

September 10, 2012

News/Events, Travel Tips

Domestic airlines operators have opened booking for Dashain, more than a month ahead of the start of the biggest festival. Increasing competition amongst operators and computerized booking system has encouraged operators for advance sales.

Despite the recent hike in the fuel surcharge and more than a month remaining in the calendar for the biggest festival, passengers have already confirmed their seats to avoid disappointment.
The fuel surcharge during one year of time has increased by up to Rs 615.

According to airlines officials they were hopeful of good sales compared to other periods of the year even though the smooth operation of surface transport could cut into potential air passengers. The officials suggested that the last moment booking might not be a good idea for those passengers flying on major route from the capital.

Rupesh Joshi, executive manager of Buddha Air said that the booking for Dashain, particularly on Biratnagar and Bhadrapur sectors, has already received around 70-80 percent booking. “The overall enquiries and bookings are encouraging,” he said.

Vinaya Shakya said the overall booking for Dashain has already crossed 20 percent. “The pressure was already on for Biratnagar and booking on other trunk routes is also on rise,” said Shakya. He further said although the booking for the flights from Kathmandu was high, the booking for returning flights was negligible except for Pokhara-Kathmandu sector.

It´s natural for the airlines to receive advance booking as the festive season coincides with peak tourist season. The popular destinations for tourists during this time includes Pokhara, Lukla, Jomson and Thaplu.

The traditional route for tourists includes Kathmandu- Chitwan-Pokhara- Kathmandu creating more pressure on Kathmandu-Chitwan and Pokhara-Kathmandu route. In order to get better rates, traveling to Pokhara first and than coming back from Chitwan could be cost effecitive, according to the airlines companies.

The airlines at present have opened booking for normal fares only. Joshi said, “Depending upon the pressure, we will introduce the other fares.”

Shakya said that there was slim chance to get promotional fares while flying from Kathmandu but the return tickets could be available in cheaper rates because of low pressure.

The operators however have not decided about additional number of flights. Joshi said that they will have clear idea regarding additional flights after two weeks only. Although the airlines charge normal fare for the additional scheduled flights, passengers need to pay up to 50 percent additional if the flight is chartered. Shakya said. “Since the aircraft might have to return empty, its natural to charge more in case of chartered flights.”

About Local

Mr. Local is a keen environmentalist and a firm believer of Eco Tourism. His philosophy has always been to be actively involved in all aspects of the company. He still leads treks on occasions especially to high altitude in order to remain in touch with both his staffs and clients on the ground.

View all posts by Local

8 Responses to “Domestic airlines announce ticket booking for Dashain”

  1. Stacey Says:

    Thanks , I’ve just been looking for information about this subject for ages and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered till now. But, what about the bottom line? Are you sure about the source?

  2. Best Buy Coupons Says:

    who has coupon codes

  3. wiedza i życie Says:

    Somebody necessarily lend a hand to make seriously posts I’d state. That is the very first time I frequented your website page and so far? I amazed with the research you made to create this particular put up extraordinary. Wonderful task!

  4. carved wood corbels Says:

    Loving the info on this website , you have done great job on the posts .

  5. Annie Ringlein Says:

    I have not checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

  6. Brande Says:

    Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely great. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is really a wonderful site.

  7. Shaquana Tamburrelli Says:

    Thanks for your views, Amanda, and to the link towards the previous post with regards to the unconference staying alive. I would missed that one particular previously. I believe part of what makes THATCamp truly special is always that I understood the complete group of folks at the rear of it will be supportive on the distinction that Adeline and I have been making an attempt to set up. And if we can get all of academia on board with thatWELL!