Nepal Airlines Airbus A320, flight from Germany to TIA Kathmandu Nepal.
Nepal Airlines (formerly known as Royal Nepal Airlines) is the flag carrier airline of Nepal and also the national airline of Nepal. Its head office is in the NAC Building (formerly RNAC Building) in Kathmandu, and its main base is Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. The airline was established in July 1958 as Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC) on the same day in which Thai Air was established leading to be Nepal's first airline. The airline's first aircraft was a Douglas DC-3, used to serve domestic routes and a handful of destinations in India. The airline acquired its first jet aircraft, Boeing 727s, in 1972. In 2004 the government of Nepal decided to sell off 49% of its stake in Nepal Airlines to the private sector. As of May 2014, the airline operates a fleet of nine aircraft.
Like all Nepalese airlines, Nepal Airlines is included in the list of air carriers banned in the EU, as of December 2013.
On 30th April 2015, Nepal Airlines received its second Airbus A320, Lumbini. The aircraft was filled with 5 tonnes of aid material to be flown from the Airbus factory in Hamburg, to Nepal on delivery of the aircraft. The aid material will be used in the relief effort for the April 2015 Nepal earthquake.
Nepal airlines flies to Delhi, Doha, Kathmandu (hub), Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Bangkok internationally. Previously terminated destinations, such as Dubai, Bangalore and Mumbai are set to operate again after the delivery of the second Airbus A320. From 5 December 2013, European Union bans all airlines from Nepal to fly into the 28 nations.
Tribhuvan International Airport (Nepali: त्रिभुवन अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय विमानस्थल, IATA: KTM, ICAO: VNKT) is an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. The airport is about six kilometres from the city centre, in the Kathmandu valley. It is the sole international airport in Nepal and has served as an airfield since 1949. The airport was inaugurated in 1955 by King Mahendra and received its current name in 1964. Originally a grass runway, it was re-laid in concrete in 1957 and has been extended several times. The first jet aircraft landed at Tribhuvan in 1967 and regular jet operations commenced in 1972.
The airport has one domestic and one international terminal. At present, about 30 international airlines connect Nepal to destinations in Asia and the Middle East, and the airport serves as a hub for several Nepalese airlines. In 2001, Royal Nepal Airlines discontinued their flights to Frankfurt and London, which severed Nepal's direct air links with Europe. Recently, Turkish Airlines launched direct flights from Istanbul to Kathmandu, re-establishing Nepal's connection with continental Europe.
The airport has a single 10,007 feet (3,050 m) concrete runway orientated 02/20. There is no instrument landing system available. The airport has two public terminals—one for international and one for domestic traffic. It also has a terminal for VIP guests.
The airport is capable to handle aircraft from the Nepalese Army Air Service.
Radisson Hotel Kathmandu operates an executive lounge for first and business class passengers for some airlines and Thai Airways International operates a business lounge for its business-class passengers, as well as Star Alliance Gold card holders.
The airport is connected to the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur (Patan) through the buses of Sajha Yatayat, which stop in front of the international terminal. Local buses are available outside of the airport gate. There are local as well as pre-paid taxis available at both terminals. The city's main tourist hub is about 25 minutes ride on taxi. Intercity bus station is about half an hour taxi/bus ride away from the airport.