New Delhi, India – The skies over India have been cleared for a charter flight to Nepal from New Delhi to Kathmandu.
Air India says its planes are available to carry 10,000 passengers each on Thursday night and Sunday.
However, the Nepal Airports Authority (NAA) has said that it will be able to handle only 1,000 people.NAA chief Dhanush Mehta said in a statement that the airport would be open only on Sundays.
Air Canada says it will not be able, as the airline was not notified about the charter flights.
The charter flights, which have been in the works for more than a year, were set up by India-based company Chaturanga Airlines to bring Indian passengers to Nepal for the first time.
Chaturanga’s CEO and founder, Ashok Bhattacharya, said that the service will offer “an unparalleled experience”.
“The Indian passengers will be given the opportunity to travel together with Indian friends and family,” he said in an emailed statement.
India-based charter company Chaitanya Airlines also said that they will not accept Indian passengers.
Nepal’s aviation authority has said it will make arrangements for the charter flight but there is no timetable.