Nepal, Cambodia ink initial pact on bilateral air services

Nepal and Cambodia have signed the initial air services agreement (ASA) between Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Mao Havanall, minister in charge of the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation of Cambodia on Nov 29, paving the way for holding direct.

Cambodia has become 39th nation that Nepal has signed an ASA with ensuring direct flight links between the two countries for the first time. The draft of the ASA signed states that both Nepal and Cambodia will conduct 14 flights each per week. However, the agreement provides unlimited air cargo service between the two countries.

Direct air linkage is also expected to facilitate the movement of pilgrims from Cambodia, a Buddhist nation, to Lumbini — the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian aviation authority has also expressed its interest to start direct flights to the Gautam Buddha International Airport in Bhairahawa, which is expected to begin operation from June.

(The Himalayan Times)